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Patient Partner Representative, PVN Oversight and Advisory Committee

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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We’ve got an exciting opportunity to share with you: four openings are available for patient partner representatives to join the Oversight and Advisory Committee for the Patient Voices Network.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Patient Voices Network (BC Patient Safety & Quality Council)

Aim

The Patient Voices Network (PVN) is guided by an Oversight & Advisory Committee 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. Patient partner representatives will contribute their ideas and experiences toward strategic decision-making for PVN.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

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.
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 engagement leader directly.

Logistics

Term and Renewal: Term memberships for committee members are two years. Committee members who have completed their terms are welcome to reapply and their expression of interest will be considered with all new applicants. Time Commitment: 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 900 - 1700. BC Patient Safety & Quality Council staff and two current or outgoing Oversight & Advisory patient partners will oversee the selection process. A shortlist will be created, and those selected will be invited to interview. Everyone who submitted a response will be contacted with the results of the selection process. Patient partners invited to interview will receive questions and all relevant information in advance to make the interview a comfortable and supportive process.

Reimbursement

Travel expenses to in-person meetings will be covered.

Background

The Patient Voices Network (PVN) is guided by an Oversight & Advisory Committee 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. The Committee was created to co-design, guide and support the activities of PVN. It 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.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Teresa Bissenden
Director, Patient & Public Engagement
604.668.8253
tbissenden@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.