Working Together in These Challenging Times

We recognize the hard work that is going into partnerships to improve health care across BC. Through everything from policy changes to bedside care, the province has a long history of seeking ways to innovate and adapt.

And as you learn from each other, build new relationships and rekindle previous work, we’re excited to share your stories about improving health care during these unprecedented times. You can be proud of your collective action for better health care in BC.

Top Story

Working Together to Improve Emergency Services

The BC Emergency Medicine Network places a premium on engaging patients and getting their advice and perspectives so that it can better plan and implement programs. Patient partners sit on an advisory committee and work on the network’s planning and operations.

Ten PVN members joined this team to provide input and share resources focused on emergency medicine that highlight what matters to patients, families and caregivers. For example, one of the patient partners recently created a short video of a patient’s experience of using the emergency room during COVID-19 to reinforce one key message – don’t hesitate to visit the ER during the pandemic.

Read About Their Experience

Word in the Network

Partnerships for Improvement – Working Together Across the Country and Locally

Through partnerships with organizations in BC and across Canada, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, has been working with patient partners on projects that support meaningful involvement of all voices in health care. 

Read how they participated in a national learning exchange to create resources to support diversity and inclusivity in patient engagement, and on an advisory group which helped develop a report to support hospitals in reintegrating family caregivers as essential partners in care during COVID-19

Read Stories of Partnership

Regional Round-Up

In our PVN 10th Anniversary blog series, our health care partner Derek Koch, Spiritual Health Practitioner, Patient- & Family- Centred Care Lead at Kelowna General Hospital, talks about how his team is making the patient experience a priority. 

Read Derek's Story

Best and Brightest

As organizations continue to create resources and tools to support patient engagement, here are this week's examples that we think would be useful for our health care partners. 

View the Resources

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