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Provincial infection prevention and control high threat pathogens guidance

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC

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The Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet) of BC is tasked with developing and updating infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for preparedness and management of high threat pathogens (HTP), such as Ebola or other viral hemorrhagic fevers and newly emerging pathogens, in health care settings, specifically acute care, urgent care, and primary care settings. This work is done through an IPC HTP working group with members from across the province.

The patient partner’s input will inform the IPC HTP working group to ensure that the guidance being developed considers all aspects of the patient perspective and experience. Tasks include:
•Reviewing and providing feedback on updated guidance drafts, which will support decisions made by the provincial IPC HTP sub-working group on management of HTP in health care settings.
•The patient partner’s input would also inform the need for and content of patient and family resource(s) that may be developed.
•Engagement via email and 1-2 virtual meetings with PICNet representative.

We offer compensation of $25/hour, maximum $200 per day; included for review time and meeting attendance.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Consult on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Preference would be to have someone who has travelled and had to seek medical care upon return for an infectious disease/communicable disease. Can be an Indigenous or non-Indigenous individual.
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Stephanie Burniston Education and Practice Coordinator, Provincial Infection Control Network | Provincial Health Services Authority (604) 838-8237

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.