PFCC - Newsletter
You can learn about Patient and Family Centred Care activities at Alberta Children's Hospital by reading our monthly e-newsletter - Together We're Better. This newsletter will give you insight into Family Centred Care Initiatives, profile our Family Centred Care champions, and keep you up to date on upcoming education opportunities. Archived copies are available on the FCRC website.
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Welcome to the December edition of Together We're Better.
New Video Families as Partners in Care
A new video introduces families to their important role as a partner in their child's healthcare. Throughout this short video, families are encouraged to share their knowledge of their child and consider themselves a member of the healthcare team. The messages are inspired by the Parents as Partners tip sheets. The video is now available on YouTube and on the FCRC website. In the future, plans are to embed it in a multimedia "welcome" information package for inpatient families entering the hospital. Funding for this project was received through the ARC Award in Family Centred Care through the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
Parent Representative Wanted ACH Clinical Ethics Committee
The Alberta Children's Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee is looking for parents to join its multi-discipinary team.
You may be interested in this volunteer role if:
- your child has ever been an inpatient or outpatient of the Alberta Children's Hospital
- you enjoy exploring and discussing ethically challenging situations
- you try to understand the values, beliefs, and responsibilities of those involved in ethically challenging situations
- you like helping people identify and understand ethically appropriate responses and outcomes
Parent representatives are responsible for:
- attending ethics committee meetings at the ACH (2nd Wednesday of every month from 12:00-2:00)
- providing input and perspectives during discussions of ethically challenging situations
- assisting in ethics education of AHS staff, patients, families, and community members
- supporting the ethicist with ethics consultation services
- attending working group meetings (the time commitment in working groups is flexible and the responsibilities are dependent on the level of support the volunteer is willing to provide)
- providing input into hospital policies and procedures that have ethical implications
Formal training in ethics is NOT required to join the clinical ethics committee
Wishing you and your family the joy and wonder of the holiday season. Best wishes for 2015!
In This IssueNew Video
Ethics Committee Opening
Parent Volunteers Needed
PFCC Steering Committee
Involving Physicians in Patient and Family Centred Care: Applying Principles to Practice
Thursday December 16
11:00 AM - Noon
This webinar from the Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care will focus on strategies to engage and involve physicians in patient and family centred care initiatives. It will include principles for working with medical staff, examples of physician participation, and guidance for dealing with challenging situations.
All are welcome.
Parent Volunteers Needed for Bedside Orientations
We are looking for parents whose children have experience as an inpatient at the ACH to do bedside orientations. These orientations provide newly admitted families with information about the hospital, the supports available, and how to partner with the healthcare team. You would commit to coming every other week for a 3 hour period to connect with families.
Staff and Family Volunteers for the ACH Patient and Family Centred Care Steering Committee
The ACH Patient and Family Centred Care Steering Committee provides an opportunity for families and health care providers to work together as partners in care to support, promote, guide, and advance Patient and Family Centred Care. This committee was created four years ago and has an equal number of staff and family representatives. Members meet for two hours once a month and also have opportunities to get involved in projects outside of meeting time.