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Reviewer, Palliative Care Needs Assessment Materials

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners from Northwest region

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Help inform change in palliative care services in Terrace by using your patient perspective as you review a needs assessment with the goal to understand current strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Open to: Patient partners from Northwest region

Lead Organization or Department

Terrace Physician Initiative Group Society (TPIGS)


Patient partner involvement is vital to our understanding of palliative care services in Terrace. We are looking for one patient partner to review the interview process to ensure a person-centred care focus.

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.


  • Have accessed palliative care services in Terrace or someone close to you has accessed services (see background for definition)
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 Cathy Almost


Vacancy: One Date, Time, Location: End of March prior to interview process. The review will take place in person in Terrace. Commitment: One week - two months (interview included)


Any pre-approved mileage or meal expenses as required to participate.


TPIGS empowers physicians to be a part of health care system change. It is hoped that the Palliative Care Needs Assessment will inform the improvement of palliative care services in Terrace. We are assembling a report informed by stakeholder interviews . Palliative care, for the purposes of this engagement, can be defined as an approach that aims to relieve suffering, optimize living, and improve the quality of dying in patients diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. It is the holistic management of physical, psychological and spiritual problems faced by patients and their families. The Palliative Care Needs Assessment is an initiative led by second year family practice resident, Dr. Sophie Harrison. Dr. Harrison is supported by a network of physicians, Northern Health management and staff and community members who would like to see improvement to palliative care in Terrace.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

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.