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Patient Partner, Oversight & Advisory Committee – BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Interior Region, Northern Region, Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in Vancouver Island, Interior, Northern, Vancouver Coastal or young adult (any region)

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Patient Voices Network’s Oversight & Advisory Committee is looking for five new patient partner representatives (including one young adult representative) to join the Committee.

Open to: Patient partners in Vancouver Island, Interior, Northern, Vancouver Coastal or young adult (any region)

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, Patient Voices Network

Aim

The Patient Voices Network is administered by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and is guided by an Oversight & Advisory Committee (O&A) which includes members from health authorities, health care organizations, the Ministry of Health, and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (the Council), as well as an equal number of patient partner representatives from across the province. As a member of the Committee, the patient partner role is to work with all committee members to  co-design, guide and support the activities of PVN. The committee provides guidance and recommendations to the Council in leading PVN and ensures the patient voice is included in the planning of PVN’s strategic directions and activities.

Level of Engagement

This 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.

Eligibility

Open to young adult patient partners throughout the province, and other patient partners in the Interior, Northern, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island regions.
  • The Committee includes patient partner members who are diverse in age and cultural background, and representative of all regions in the province. We are looking for individuals who:
    • Have a passion for patient and public engagement;
    • Are seeking leadership opportunities to assist in guiding and supporting PVN;
    • Have some experience in patient and public engagement with PVN;
    • Have regular access to email and are comfortable with WebEx and teleconferences; and
Are comfortable participating in discussion with high-level health professionals.
  • Please note:
    • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and Oversight & Advisory Committee Members.
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 the Ruhee Mardhani directly.

Logistics

Vacancies: 5 Date/Time: Meeting times will be every two months for 90 minutes via teleconference, and 1-2 times a year with full-day in-person meetings in Vancouver. Meetings take place Monday – Friday between 9:00-5:00pm. Location: Teleconference/in-person meetings twice a year (in accordance to public health guidelines) Commitment: Term memberships for committee members are two years. Committee members who have completed their terms are welcome to renew their membership for up to two more years.

Reimbursement

Travel expenses related to in-person meetings will be reimbursed according to BCPSQC policy. Please note, BCPSQC is currently conducting all meetings in a virtual setting to support the physical distancing and safety guidelines.

Background

Please refer to our Terms of Reference for more information on roles and responsibilities of the Committee.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ruhee Mardhani
Project Coordinator, Patient and Public Engagement
604.668.8219
rmardhani@bcpsqc.ca

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.