Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC)

Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) continue to learn what patients, families and caregivers value most in our health care system. In order to improve health outcomes and experiences, patients and families across Ontario must be engaged and empowered to have a strong voice to shape care delivery. LHINs are committed to partnering and listening to patients and families to ensure that changes in the health care system reflect the needs and opinions of those it serves.

Expanding patient engagement across the health care system is a key commitment articulated in the Patients First Act. A key element of this approach is the establishment of patient advisory committees in each of Ontario’s 14 LHINs and information sharing between these committees.

New The recruitment process for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Committee is now closed. We thank all those who submitted an expression of interest and will be following up with individuals directly. Please continue to check this page regularly for updates.

Mandate

The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) will aim to assist in shaping the LHIN’s programs, services and initiatives designed to improve care in the LHIN.

The LHIN PFAC will apply its learning, collective experience and insights to:

  • Identify and advise on opportunities to incorporate the patient’s perspective in initiatives to better integrate care across the region and across the health care system.
  • Support effective patient engagement within the LHIN.
  • Provide advice on recommendations about health care access or service delivery improvements from the patient and/or family caregiver perspective.
  • Provide input on LHIN policies and standards guiding LHIN initiatives, particularly regarding patient care and patient engagement.
  • Recommend strategies and practical ideas for improving patient care, and caregiver recognition and support.
  • Work in partnership and engage in co-design with the LHIN CEO, LHIN staff, service providers and partners.
  • Link and collaborate with other patient and family advisory groups within the LHIN and across the province as appropriate.

Membership

The PFAC will consist of 10-15 members. The role of a PFAC member is to share his or her unique stories, experiences, opinions and perspectives in order to strengthen engagement of patients, caregivers and the public in important local health planning decisions and policies.

Members will be selected and recruited to ensure diversity that is reflective of the LHIN’s population makeup, including in relation to age, geographic distribution across the LHIN region, gender, cultural diversity, socio-economic status and health experience with the health system. Membership will also represent patient, family/caregiver experiences across different health care settings, including in hospitals, long-term care homes, and home and community care settings.

Note, the following persons are not eligible for PFAC membership: members of LHIN-funded health service provider Boards, elected representatives, practicing health care professionals, paid employees of health charities, employees of companies in health industries, elected officials, and employees of provincial and federal health ministries.

Commitment

Members of the PFAC will be appointed for a term of up to two to three years. Meetings will be held in person, with consideration for teleconference or other remote access as needed, no less than four times per year. Meetings will be held weekdays during regular business hours.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Your privacy is important to us. The personal information collected as part of the Expression of Interest process will only be used to evaluate your application and to contact you.

Each member of the committee will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. All confidential information, including notes written by individual members in connection with their work on behalf of the LHIN’s Committees, is subject to the provisions of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.F.31 and may be subject to disclosure in accordance with the Act.

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