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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province
Each year in BC, over 1,400 emergency practitioners respond to approximately 2.3 million patient visits in 108 emergency departments and diagnostic and treatment centres. We’re looking for patient partners who would like to use their experience to ensure patients have access to care that is built upon a foundation of person-centred care!
Open to: Patient partners across the province
Lead Organization or DepartmentBC Emergency Medicine Network
AimThe BC Emergency Medicine Network is striving to strengthen the patient perspective in its Clinical Resources Program. Patient partner participation is sought for two activities: the Clinical Resources Committee and the Patient Information Sheet Review Project. Two patients are currently involved, and the BC Emergency Medicine Network is now looking for a third member to contribute their experience of emergency services to the program.
Level of EngagementThis opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.
- Experience accessing emergency services and resources in BC, as a patient, family member or informal caregiver
- Experience as part of an advisory or steering committee, council or working group is not required but would be considered an asset
- Interest in reviewing information sheets given to patients when they leave the emergency room. There are currently 75 different topics ranging from Asthma to Wound Care.
- Consideration will be given to ensuring representation from both urban and rural areas of the province
LogisticsVacancies: One Date, time, location: It is expected that the next quarterly Committee meeting will be held in March. Meetings are expected to be held within regular business hours and will take place via teleconference or webinar. The Clinical Resources Committee meetings last approximately 90 minutes. Some email communication and document review may occur between meetings. The Patient Information Sheet Review Project requires a one-hour telephone meeting with the other patient partners every 2-3 months, with e-mail and document review between. Commitment: One year with the option of renewal. One full-day workshop will be planned but attendance is not mandatory if you are not able to travel (travel expenses to Vancouver will be reimbursed/pre-paid).
ReimbursementPre-approved out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed; however, no expenses are expected at this time.
BackgroundThe BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) launched September 2017 to improve emergency care in BC. The EMN exists to connect all emergency practitioners throughout the province so they can share the latest knowledge and support each other, so that no one practitioner is working in isolation. Over 1,400 emergency practitioners manage approximately 2.3 patient visits each year in 108 emergency departments and diagnostic & treatment centres. Almost half of these emergency practitioners are located in small communities where they lack opportunities to connect with or consult trusted colleagues. The ability to provide state-of-the-art care is also difficult, as there is constantly new information on how best to care for patients. All emergency departments are working independently to keep up to date. The EMN has four main programs:
- Clinical Resources: sharing best practices and clinical resource tools
- Innovation: creating innovative solutions through research
- Continuing Professional Development: education courses for providers
- Real time support: enabling text, phone or video support between physicians
Health Care Partner Contact Information
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region