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Patient Partner, Medical Planning and Credentials Committee

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Island Health region

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The Medical Planning and Credentials Committee understands that patients are the reason physicians come to work each day and is committed to ensuring that high quality physician services are available across the Island Health region. It’s no surprise that the Committee wants to include patient partners in their discussions!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Medical Affairs, Island Health


This Committee looks at physician recruitment for all Island Health programs, geographies, services and specialties, and is responsible to ensure that physicians with the appropriate training are available as services expand, new treatments become available, and physicians retire or move on. This group also determines the skills and training a physician requires to safely provide care. Patient partners will be invited to contribute to Committee discussions by drawing upon their expertise developed through lived experiences accessing health services as a patient or family member. The patient partners’ contributions will assist the Committee to explore acceptable standards for physician services from the perspective of patients and families. Like the other non-physician members of the Committee, the patient partners will be “non-voting members” but will be in a unique position to significantly influence and inform the positions of “voting members” by sharing their expectations, ideas, concerns and experiences related to the decisions at hand.

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.


  • Patient or family partners with experience accessing multiple health care services and physician specialties.
  • Comfortable participating in committee and working group settings, including sharing lived experiences to assist others to more fully consider the impact of a decision on patients and the public.
  • Preference will be given to ensuring that patient partners are representative of both rural and urban areas of the Island Health region.
  • 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 Leah Smith directly.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date & time: Monthly, every third Tuesday from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. The next meeting will be held on August 15, 2017
  • Location: In-person for patient partners within Greater Victoria, or via video or teleconference (video conference locations include Campbell River, Comox, Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo and Port Alberni)
  • Term: 1 year with the possibility of extension
  • Time commitment: Attendance at monthly meetings lasting 1.5 hrs. Minimal review of meeting materials will be required (less than 15 mins)
  • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner


Pre-approved mileage and parking will be reimbursed, as well as pre-approved transit expenses such as bus fare.


Please review this document for additional information on this Committee, or contact Leah Smith.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Leah Smith
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Southern Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!