Voices sought for patient health quality advisory panel

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) is looking for people to join its Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel, which provides...

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) is looking for people to join its Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel, which provides the opportunity for rural voices to be heard on patient quality of care.

The panel is made of 11 people from all areas of the province, and meets about six times a year. The meetings alternate between Edmonton and Calgary.

“This is an excellent way for Albertans to provide insight into how to improve patient safety and quality of health care services in Alberta,” Andrew Neuner, CEO of HQCA, said in a press release.

The input of regular, rural Albertans is a vital part of the process, Neuner said.

“The panel helps us understand Albertans’ experiences and perspectives about the healthcare system,” he explained. “This guides us in determining areas that we may need to pay more attention to, and ensures the patient voice is reflected in the work we do.”

To join the panel, Albertans must be 18 years of age or older, and “have a passion for creating a safer healthcare system,” Neuner said.

Expression of interest forms are available on the HQCA website at www.hqca.ca.

“I joined the panel because I was interested in bringing a rural Alberta voice to provincial discussions about improving the health system,” Leslie, a board member, said. Her last name was withheld for privacy reasons.

“I enjoy the varied experience of other members, and their common commitment to improving patient safety in the health system through the patient voice. It’s great to feel like I am part of a new movement in patient involvement.”

The Health Quality Council of Alberta is a provincial agency that pursues opportunities to improve patient safety and health service quality for Albertans.

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