Being a patient and family advisor with the Cancer Care Program may be a good match with your skills and experiences if you are:
- respectful of others and their views;
- comfortable speaking in a group and working with others;
- a good listener;
- able to see beyond your own experience to the big picture;
- able to work together with other families and health care providers; and
- able to keep private things private.
Roles and Responsibilities
As a patient and family advisor, some of your roles and responsibilities will include the following:
- make a three-year voluntary commitment;
- participate in and attend volunteer orientation and educational opportunities;
- provide insight and advice that is relevant to and based on patient, family member and caregiver experience in the cancer system within the last three years;
- provide direct input into policies, programs, educational resources, practices and initiatives that affect patient care and services; and
- attend scheduled meetings in person or via teleconference.
There are many benefits associated with being a patient and family advisor with the Cancer Care Program. For example, being a patient and family advisor in cancer care provides individuals with an opportunity to:
- be part of a meaningful change and to contribute to the provision of excellence in cancer care;
- expand their knowledge and skills related to partnering with health-care professionals and other patients and families for system and process improvements at the Cancer Care Program;
- share their knowledge, skills and expertise and work collaboratively to innovate new initiatives within a coordinated patient and family-centered approach to cancer care to enhance and improve health-care delivery;
- provide a patient and family perspective in approaching challenges and work together in partnership with health-care professionals to develop innovative solutions; and
- share stories and experiences to enhance and improve the overall patient and family care experience in cancer care.