The Nova Scotia Health Authority recently announced a commitment to involve citizens in establishing priorities and making decisions that matter to them and impact their lives, the community and the sustainability of the province’s health care system.
The authority’s northern zone has established a interdisciplinary quality improvement and safety council to provide excellent care for patients and their families and it’s looking for volunteer patient and family advisors to provide input to the council.
“We are establishing quality improvement and safety teams across the province and what we are looking for are people who have had recent experience in accessing health care services and who are interested in making a positive contribution to health care services in the province,” NSHA lead patient relations Debbie Lelievre said.
The NSHA’s first strategic direction if patient centered, high quality, safe and sustainable wellness for all Nova Scotians and Lelievre said establishing these councils brings both the patient’s voice and that of families to the discussion.
In the northern zone, which includes Cumberland, Colchester-East Hants, and Pictou, three members are being recruited for the safety council, which will be responsible for quality improvement.
Teams right across the area would be responsible to the council in areas such as peri-operative services, medicine services and emergency services.
Instead of health care providers doing all the planning work, the delivery and evaluation of services, it would be opened up to include other partners.
“Patient and family-centered care is essential for quality improvement in Nova Scotia,” she said. “It’s an approach to planning, delivery and evaluation of health care and it’s grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among patients, families and health care providers.”
Applications can be sent via email to Joanne.Obrien@nshealth.ca or Monika.Wohlmuth@nshealth.ca . They can also be emailed to Monika Wohlmuth, 19428 Highway 2, RR 2 Amherst, B4H 1N6.