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Public Member, Interior Health Person- and Family-centred Care Steering Committee (IH PFCC SC)



Commitment: Long-term

Connection methods: Virtual, In-person

Open to Interior Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Interior Health is seeking additional Public Members to join our unique Person- and Family-centred Care Steering Committee. We serve to communicate and promote the core Person- and Family-centred Care principles of Dignity and Respect, Information Sharing, Participation and Collaboration.


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health – Medicine & Quality

With input from both Public Members and Interior Health leaders, the Interior Health Person- and Family-centred Care (PFCC) Steering Committee provides strategic direction to Interior Health around the goals, principles, policies, and priorities related to Person- and Family-centred Care to improve the healthcare system.

We recognize that Public Members and Patient Partners come from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. We understand that you bring knowledge, skills and abilities from various areas of expertise and perspectives based on your unique experiences with the health care system. Public membership on this steering committee aims to represent the diverse population that IH serves.

The Committee fosters a PFCC culture in Interior Health by providing direction/guidance to IH on specific initiatives, and ensures alignment with the Ministry of Health requirements and policies based upon the related British Columbia person and family centred care framework and similar Ministry policies.

Work will include organization-wide engagement and the inclusion of public members in the co-design and ongoing development and communication of PFCC principles and practices across the health region. The Committee will also develop working groups to lead specific PFCC focused projects.

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.

Open to patient partners from: Interior Health
• Experience as a patient or caregiver
• Experience as a member of a steering committee
• Experience collaborating with health care staff
• Ability to work with others effectively, and appreciate different perspectives and opinions
• Comfort in reading, writing and editing policies and familiarity with strategic planning
• Access to a computer or device for Zoom meetings (unless meeting in person)
• Please note:
– This opportunity is not open to staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by this health authority.
– As connection and relationship building is important, we will meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time:
– monthly, currently on the 3rd Monday of each month
– currently held in the morning from 9am-12noon Pacific but may adjust depending on holidays and availability
– the group does not usually meet in July/August due to holidays.}
• Location: Virtually using Zoom, however we aim to meet in person at least once per year
• Commitment: 5 hours per month, the term is one year minimum

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity.  However, some reimbursement would be available for annual in-person strategic planning sessions as per Interior Health policy. If you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

This Steering Committee is sponsored by the Vice President, Medicine and Quality and reports directly to the Quality Management Committee. It is Co-chaired by 1 Public Member and 1 IH Member.

Membership aims to include equal numbers of Public Members and IH Staff. Committee membership will aim for no more than 20 voting members. The committee has been functioning since 2016.

This Steering Committee is heavily aligned to the principles that can be found in this document:

Terms of Reference and the recently endorsed IH Person- and Family-centred Care Framework is available upon request for any interested/prospective Public Members.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Vancouver Island Region 778-700-2064

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