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Seniors Program Clinical Governance Council

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Volunteers across the Island Health region

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Are you passionate about improving the quality of seniors care on Vancouver Island? If you’re ready to join a high level and fast paced committee working to promote evidence-based care for seniors – this role might be for you!
RSVP deadline: October 18
Open to: Volunteers across the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health

Aim

The Seniors Program Clinical Governance Council  is an interprofessional group of clinical experts and operational leaders who have been brought together to address matters of quality pertaining to seniors’ health and ensure the delivery of evidence-based seniors care across Island Health.  The role of the patient(s) on the council will be to share their perspectives on the issues raised and participate in group problem solving and solution development.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org). The promise to you is that the health care partner will work with you to ensure that your ideas and concerns are reflected in recommendations and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

  • Open to volunteers across Island Health
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a large committee
  • The following would be considered assets, but are not required: Personal or family experience accessing seniors care services within Island Health or other BC health authorities; Familiarity with research and best practices in the delivery of seniors care; Knowledge of health authority organizational practices and structures that contribute to the delivery of health services
  • Ability to use personal experience constructively to contribute to big picture problem solving
Please note: Telephone interviews may be scheduled with a short list of volunteers. Please note: PVN members need to have previously attended a PVN orientation session. (If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Kira directly to see if accommodations may be possible).

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 1-2
  • Date & Time: 90 minute meetings will occur on a monthly basis during regular business hours (likely 10:00-11:30). The next meeting is scheduled for November 9.
  • Location: In person at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. Participation is also welcome via teleconference (from home) or videoconference (from Nanaimo Regional Hospital, or another Island Health facility)
  • Commitment: One year, with a possibility of renewal up to two years.

Reimbursement

Should the patient volunteers wish to attend meetings in person, or via videoconference from an Island Health facility, parking passes can be issued to avoid parking charges at those sites.  Reimbursement of costs associated with travel (mileage, transit, etc) is currently being looked into, and will be clarified with selected volunteers prior to the start of the engagement.

Background

The SPGCC is an interprofessional group of clinical experts and operational leaders convened to address quality matters that pertain to seniors’ health, and statutory responsibilities for seniors and other vulnerable adults under the Adult Guardianship Act, both of which cross multiple programs or service streams across the service continuum and across the organization. This council was formed in May 2016 and has had two meetings to date.  Examples of documents that have come to the committee for discussion, review or approval to date include: Seniors Strategy, Dementia Action Plan, Guideline for Assessment of Frailty in Adults.  Future projects the council will review include a Seniors Substance Use Plan, and Research with Seniors initiative. A Terms of Reference document will be provided to selected volunteers prior to the start of the engagement.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kira Tozer
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement|Southern Vancouver Island
250.888.4525
ktozer@bcpsqc.ca

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Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.