Patient Voices Network
The Patient Voices Network (PVN) is a community of patients, families and caregivers working together with health care partners to improve BC’s health care system. PVN was created in 2009 by the BC Ministry of Health as part of its Patients as Partners strategy, and has been supported by us since December 2015 (read that announcement here).
Every BC resident is invited to join PVN, as each of us has a unique experience of interacting with the health care system and can contribute that perspective to important conversations about care. When patients and health care partners collaborate, the results are improved patient safety, better health outcomes, reduced health care costs, and better decision-making. It leads to better care experiences for patients and care providers. Together, patients and health care partners know best how to improve health care.
PVN matches patient volunteers with health care partners who are seeking to engage patients in their efforts to improve quality of care. You can choose to be a PVN Friend, after which you will receive email updates about the Network and its activities. Or you can become a PVN Volunteer and, in addition to updates about the Network, you will receive emails about volunteer opportunities across BC. Sign-up to join the Network here.
If your organization has an opportunity to engage patients in its work, it can become a PVN Health Care Partner. Please contact your local engagement leader.
PVN’s patient and health care partners are supported by our Patient & Public Engagement Team, which is located throughout British Columbia. The team’s engagement leaders recruit, orient and support patients as they engage in health system transformation, as well as support health care partners to identify and coordinate volunteer opportunities.
The Network’s activities are guided by an Oversight & Advisory Committee that includes representatives from health care organizations, the Ministry of Health and the BCPSQC, as well as an equal number of patient representatives from across the province.
Patient Voices Network Sign-Up for Friends
Patient Voices Network Sign-Up for Volunteers
The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is excited that you have decided to sign-up as a Volunteer with the Patient Voices Network! Once you have completed the sign-up form below, you will be invited to participate in an intake interview and complete an orientation session prior to becoming involved as a volunteer and participating in volunteer opportunities. We look forward to connecting!
The Council as well as health care partners recognize that BC's communities are culturally diverse, and that characteristics such as age, ethnicity, and gender affect our health care experiences and needs. We ask you for your demographic information below to ensure that our volunteer opportunities reflect the diversity of our province. We will not share your personal information without your permission.