December 9, 2016
In this issue:
- Launch of Initial Services
- Announcing BC Data Scout
- Methods Clusters Leads
- Announcing Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster Lead
- Patient Engagement Training Pilot
- Career Opportunity: Program Measurement and Evaluation Lead
- Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster
to kick off with visioning workshop
- Career Opportunity: Communications Specialist
- Learn more about patient-oriented research
- Announcing Executive Assistant
- We’re Moving!
- About us
- Comments? Questions?
- Learn more
Launch of Initial Services
Following the official launch of the BC SUPPORT Unit last month, we are excited to announce the launch of the BC SUPPORT Unit’s initial services. The services currently available are:
- patient engagement
- training in patient-oriented research
- knowledge translation
- research methods support
Initially these services are targeted to individuals and SPOR networks applying to or having been successful at receiving SPOR grants specific to patient-oriented research. This client base will be expanded in 2017. To inquire about accessing these services, complete our online service inquiry form and we’ll get back to you.
Announcing BC Data Scout
We are pleased to announce that BC Data Scout is now in beta testing by a small Unit stakeholder group. BC Data Scout is an innovative service allowing researchers to better understand Ministry of Health data and quickly discover whether sufficient data exists to test their ideas. The service allows researchers to define population cohorts and receive highly-aggregated summary reports.
Designed to provide a fast response (in under a week), BC Data Scout was developed by the BC Ministry of Health in partnership with Population Data BC and the BC SUPPORT Unit. Access to BC Data Scout will be through Population Data BC.
BC will be among the first jurisdictions to offer this type of service, which respects the privacy and security of the people of BC while offering researchers a competitive advantage. Following testing, BC Data Scout will be launched widely in 2017.
Methods Clusters Leads
Through fostering existing or emerging communities of methodology practice, the Unit’s methods clusters will coordinate a province-wide effort in methods development and support related to patient-oriented research.
Announcing Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster Lead
Please join us in welcoming Linda Li BSc(PT), MSc, PhD to the BC SUPPORT Unit team in her role as Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science Methods Cluster Lead. Dr. Linda Li is Professor, Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, and Canada Research Chair in Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada. Linda earned a BSc in Physiotherapy at McGill University, a MSc at University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at University of Toronto. Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology/knowledge translation at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Linda is currently a Michael Smith Foundation Health Research (MSFHR) Career Investigator, and a past recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Health Professional New Investigator Award, and the CIHR New Investigator Award.
Recruitment is underway for methods cluster leads for four additional methods clusters that will be developed starting in January 2017:
- Data sciences
- Health economics and simulation modelling
- Patient engagement
- Real-world clinical trials and research methodology
Additional method clusters will be announced and launched in spring 2017.
As part of the development of the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Knowledge Translation/Implementation Science methods cluster, Drs Linda Li and Bev Holmes will be hosting a visioning workshop early next year. We’d like to hear from researchers exploring methods related to knowledge translation or dissemination and implementation (D&I) who would be interested in attending such a workshop. Please contact Linda or Bev at email@example.com.
Patient Engagement Training Pilot
A national curriculum in patient-oriented research, spearheaded by CIHR, is ready for piloting across the province. This three-module course is intended for all stakeholders – patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision-makers – who want to learn more about patient-oriented research. If you are interested in learning more about this program pilot, complete our online service inquiry form and we’ll get back to you.
Career Opportunity: Program Measurement and Evaluation Lead
The Program Measurement and Evaluation Lead is responsible for developing and implementing a plan to evaluate the BC SUPPORT Unit’s impact, transformational activities, and performance in advancing patient-oriented research. This includes evaluative thinking, reflective practice and learning for improvement while working with partners in monitoring and evaluating projects and partnerships.
Career Opportunity: Communications Specialist
The Communications Specialist builds and supports the BC SUPPORT Unit identity and reputation as well as relationships with key stakeholders. The Communications Specialist supports a small provincial hub operations team and provides leadership and support to individuals carrying out the communications function with the BC SUPPORT Unit regional centres, demonstration projects and partner organizations.
For more details, and to see other career opportunities with the Unit hub and regional centres, visit our webpage.
- Forthcoming conferences and webinars
- Recordings of previous webinars and live events
- Online resources
If you know of other patient-oriented research related content that would be of interest to others, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing Executive Assistant
We are delighted to announce that Kim Nguyen has joined the BC SUPPORT Unit as our new Executive Assistant. In this position, Kim will provide administrative support to Scientific Director, Dr. Stirling Bryan, and Executive Director, Minnie Downey, as well as operational support to the Unit. Kim comes to us from BC Housing where she was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer. She brings a marketing background from BCIT and professional procurement training from UBC, both of which will be assets to her in her new role.
The BC SUPPORT Unit staff will be moving into dedicated office space at #420-1367 West Broadway on December 14, 2016. Our website will include new phone numbers for our team as we get settled. We would like to extend our thanks to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for hosting our team during this transition phase.
The BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Unit is one of several SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is also part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s board providing governance and oversight.