Become a Patient Family Advisor
We have made a commitment to involve citizens in setting priorities and making decisions that matter to them, impacting their lives, our community and the whole health care system. To do this, we are looking for patients, their family members and/or caregivers to volunteer as active members of one or more of our teams. These members are called Patient/Family Advisors.
- Annapolis Valley, South Shore or South West areas Quality & Patient Safety Teams (.pdf)
- Cape Breton, Antigonish or Guysborough areas Patient, Family & Public Advisory Council (.docx)
- Dartmouth General Hospital Quality & Patient Safety Teams (.pdf)
- Eastern Zone Quality Improvement and Safety Council Volunteer Advisory Committee Member (.docx)
- Glace Bay Hospital Patient Advisor - Renal Program / Dialysis Unit Design (.docx)
- Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program (.pdf)
- Nova Scotia Health Authority Renal Program
- Palliative Care Quality Improvement Committees (.pdf)
- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council & Committees (.pdf)
- Provincial Chronic Pain Volunteer Advisory Committee Member (.docx)
- Provincial Primary Health Care/Chronic Disease Management Quality Improvement & Safety (QI&S) Council (.pdf) Deadline: January 31, 2018
- Quality & Patient Safety Team Advisors – General (.pdf)
- QEII Quality & Patient Safety Teams (.pdf)
How do I apply?
For the “Current Opportunities” listed above, please follow the application instructions within each posting.
Can I apply to become a Patient/Family Advisor?
If you have recent personal, family or caregiver experience with any NSHA healthcare service within the last 12 months, you can apply to become a Patient/Family Advisor! Please note, you cannot apply to become a Patient/Family Advisor if you are a current NSHA staff member, an elected official, or a Community Health Board member.
Why should I apply?
Serving as a Patient/Family Advisor is a great way to make a difference, improving the health care system for you and your loved ones. Your valuable experience as a patient, family member or caregiver can help make the care we provide even safer. This volunteer opportunity also provides a unique look into your health care system.
What are the time commitments?
Time commitments can vary depending on the opportunity, however most Patient/Family Advisor opportunities require attending 1-2 meetings per month for a term of two years. Additional time may also be needed to prepare for each meeting, and to travel to/from each meeting. Many meetings are held during the daytime at hospital sites throughout NSHA. Meetings can often be attended virtually (online) as well.
What about my costs and expenses?
The costs and expenses incurred as a Patient/Family Advisor (such as parking, travel and accommodations) are typically reimbursed according to NSHA’s Travel Policy.
For more information, please contact Mike Wheatley (firstname.lastname@example.org, 902-742-3542 ext. 1472)