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“Person Centered Care” Working Group

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Are you interested in how people and their families can be the central focus in health care? If so, you may be interested in joining the “Person Centered Care” Working Group, which is focusing on how we can be better in doing things “with” patients, families and caregivers as partners in health care, rather than doing “to” or “for” them.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health, Province of BC


The goal of this "Person Centered Care" Working Group is to develop a Policy and Toolkit for BC, by March 31, 2018. The role of the patient partner will be as a working group member.

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.


  • Experience using a computer e.g. email and attachments
  • Ability to be part of teleconferences/webinars (toll free)
  • Previous working group experience would be an asset
  • Experience working with health care leaders and Ministry of Health Staff would be an asset
  • All working group members are required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement
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.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Meetings (one hour in length) will be by teleconference/webinar
  • Initially meetings will be biweekly (every two weeks) and may be less frequent as the project progresses and is completed by March 31, 2018
  • The next meeting is July 27, 2017 (1:00-2:00pm)
  • It is recognized that people may need to miss an occasional meeting, however regular attendance is expected
  • An in-person meeting is a possibility, although not planned at this time. If that was to occur, participation would be voluntary
  • There will be some work in between meetings e.g. documents to review, opportunities to seek friends and families thoughts, etc.


  • Although it is expected that most meetings will be by teleconference/webinar, if there are any in-person meetings, travel, meals and accommodation will be covered (as per Patient Voices Network Guidelines)
  • Reimbursement may take a month or more to be received


Person Centered Care is a way of thinking and doing things "with" patients, families and caregivers as partners in health care, rather than doing "to" or "for" them. In BC we are very aware of the value of providing health care with people and their families at the centre of their health care, and believe we could do better. The BC Ministry of Health has previously developed a Framework and is now planning to develop a Policy and Toolkit to support "Person Centered Care" so that it can happen more fully and broadly in everyday health care across BC. The Policy and Toolkit are meant to be built on existing skills and resources (not duplicate), and be very practical and intended for use broadly across BC including by policy makers, a variety of health care providers, leaders, funded partners, non- profit organizations as well as patients/clients /residents and families. The patient and family voice is valued as an integral part in the development of the best resources possible, focused on Person Centered Care. Patient and family partners will bring the voice of their patient and family expertise in much the same way that other working group members will bring their expertise as clinicians, leaders, policy makers, etc. Other working group members include representation from the Ministry of Health; Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation; BC Patient Safety and Quality Council; Patient and Family Centered Care Community of Practice; Health Authorities; Doctors of BC; and Family Care Givers of BC.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region


From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.