We invite you to get involved with patient and family experience at the BC Cancer Agency by joining our Network of Patient & Family Partners or one of our committees.
Through this network, patient and family partners contribute to person-centred care in several ways. Some examples are:
- sharing their experience in consultations and focus groups on topics related to cancer care
- participating on committees and working groups to design and review cancer care services
- reviewing or helping to create patient education materials.
A patient and family partner is someone who:
- has had experience with cancer care as a patient, caregiver, family member or supporter
- cares about high-quality cancer care for all patients and families
- shares their experience to ensure high-quality care for all
- partners with health professionals to design and review cancer care services
- volunteers their time (about one to four hours per month)
A "patient and family partner" can be a current or former patient, a caregiver, family member, or loved one who has experience with cancer care.
Patient and family partners are screened, registered, trained and supported through the Patient Experience Program. We invite you to become a member of our Network.
Apply to become a Patient and Family PartnerTake the 20-minute online learning module: Orientation to Patient and Family Engagement at the BC Cancer Agency
How to become a patient and family partner
How to request patient and family partners for your initiative
Patient and Family Partner Policies Handbook and Agreement
Patient education aims to improve patients’ understanding of and management of their health and health care.
Our vision is that all BC Cancer Agency patients and their family members and caregivers will receive timely, relevant and appropriate education that will:
- improve health knowledge and self-management skills
- reduce anxiety
- increase involvement and satisfaction in treatment decisions
- greatly improve health outcomes
Patient and family partners participate in the BC Cancer Agency Patient & Family Education Committee.
This committee, comprised of representatives from each regional cancer centre, research, the executive team and clinical programs, works to:
- advance an overarching provincial philosophy, culture and approach to patient and family engagement and experience
- contribute to, advise on, support and evaluate the implementation of a provincial Network of Patient & Family Partners as well as methodologies to measure and improve patient experience