Skip to main content

Because your voice matters.

Patient Partner Consultant, Updating Perinatal BC’s “Tobacco Use in the Perinatal Period” Guideline for Health Care Providers

Posted • Last updated


Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

Last updated

Volunteer Opportunity
Perinatal Services is updating its Tobacco Use in the Perinatal Period Guideline into a practice resource for health care providers who care for pregnant and parenting individuals. Would you like to work with us to make sure this guideline meets the needs of patients and families across the province? If yes please consider applying for this opportunity!


Lead Organization/Department
Provincial Health Services Authority, Perinatal Services BC (PSBC)

We are updating our Tobacco Use in the Perinatal Period Guideline to ensure it is up to date, evidence-based and includes information that patients need on tobacco use when they are pregnant or parenting. Patient partners can help us to determine what type of information should be included and the type of language and engagement that they would like to receive from their health care provider. Patient partners will be asked to provide PSBC’s Project Coordinator with ideas on what topics to include in the resource and will be asked to review the proposed topics. During the writing of the resource, PSBC is also requesting that the patient partners review a draft of the resource and provide their feedback.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Open to patient partners across the province who:
Are pregnant or have children under 12 months of age and currently use or have used tobacco during the last 12 months
Are the partner of someone who is pregnant or is post childbirth (12 months) and currently uses or has a past history of tobacco use during this time period
Has experience receiving care in a community or hospital setting during pregnancy and following childbirth
Has access to a computer and is comfortable attending virtual meetings through Zoom

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell

• Number of vacancies: 2
Date and Time: The first meeting will take place in April and the second meeting will be in July or August. Each meeting will be an hour in length. The patient partners will also be asked to review the draft guideline which we estimate taking an additional 1-2 hours.
Location: Virtual Zoom meetings
Commitment: One week to six months

Costs associated to telephone access or to Zoom/data coverage will be reimbursed as per Provincial Health Service’s Reimbursement Policy.

Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) created its Tobacco Use in the Perinatal Period guideline in 2006 and therefore it needs to be updated to ensure it contains evidence-based information that meets patients and health care providers needs. We are working with a public health nurse from Northern Health who is on the Tobacco and Vapour Reduction Committee who will act as our external clinical lead reviewer. We will also be engaging with provincial health care providers via a survey and interviews and will have them review a draft of the resource and provide their feedback. There are no risks foreseen with this project. Patient partners can review the previous guideline at this link.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.