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Patient Partner, Renal Quality and Safety Committee – Fraser Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Volunteer Opportunity
The number of British Columbians with kidney disease continues to grow each year. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to join their Renal Quality and Safety Committee to help ensure renal services are meeting the needs of this growing population of patients.

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Lead Organization/Department
Renal Services – Fraser Health

Aim
• To review and improve the quality and safety of renal services across Fraser Health.
• Patient partners will offer their unique perspective and insight with the leadership team and help guide the improvements to services.

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.

 Eligibility
Open to volunteers from Fraser Health communities who:
• Have experience with chronic renal care as a patient, family or caregiver
• Are comfortable telling their story
• Like to work in committees

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitment, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Jami Brown directly.

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity and determination of the best fit for both patient and health care partners prior to placement.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: To be determined with patient partner input
• Commitment: 60-90-minute meeting every 2 months for one year, with the possibility to renew for another year, maximum two-year term
• Location: via MS Teams (the team will provide an orientation to use of this platform)

Reimbursement
No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown- jbrown@bcpsqc.ca to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Background
According to BC Renal, the number of British Columbians with kidney disease is growing every year, due to our aging population and increasing rates of heart disease and diabetes. An estimated one in ten British Columbians has some degree of kidney disease, and many don’t even know it.

This committee is made up of multiple health care disciplines in kidney care including pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, physicians and managers. They are looking to include the patient perspective in their regular Quality and Safety meetings to identify areas to improve, review data related to safety and care, and to develop and monitor priorities.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers)
Engagement Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
604.510.0449
jbrown@bcpsqc.ca

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Laura Klein

Clinical Practice Consultant in Fraser Health

Laura Klein

Seeking the patient perspective doesn’t have to be complicated; it simply entails a commitment to ask and listen. Patient advisors not only bring a valuable perspective but also share original ideas and unique skills. Including the patient and family perspective changes the conversation and aligns the team’s focus towards common goals.