The BC SUPPORT Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization beginning to transition from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing 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 will have two main roles: providing services to researchers, patients, health care providers and health system decision makers, and facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities. The BC unit is one of several being established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
BC SUPPORT Unit begins transition from start-up phase to regular operations
The BC SUPPORT Unit is beginning to transition from start-up phase to regular operations following CIHR approval of our business plan this month. First steps as we begin to transition include completing the recruitment of an executive director and a scientific director who will lead the implementation of our business plan. As we move forward, members of our Interim Operations Team and Interim Governing Council will continue in their roles until the permanent team and steering committee are in place.
The transition from start-up phase to regular operations will be gradual as we work on the details of our patient engagement plan, continue to plan for our provincial office/hub and regional centres, create methods clusters, and contribute to the planning and early implementation of the provincial data platform that is separate but integral to the Unit. The introduction of Unit services will also be gradual, and the Unit will inform stakeholders as services become available.
The approved budget for the next approximately five years is $79.96 million and will be funded equally by CIHR and our BC funding partners. We will be working with CIHR in the weeks to come to finalize the details of our funding agreement.
We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia. As we do so, we keep in mind our vision of a health system that continuously improves through high-quality, relevant, timely, and patient-oriented research to reach our ultimate goals of better patient experiences and health outcomes.
Building on the work of our development phase and start-up phase, we will continue our mission of closing the gap between high-quality research and the application of it in the health system and in clinical practice through a new partnership engaging patients, health care providers, health system decision makers and researchers in all aspects of the research process.
We will have more updates for you in the weeks to come and will pass those on to you as soon as we can.
Connecting with stakeholders
Members of our Interim Operations Team continue to make presentations to various stakeholder groups interested in learning in person about SPOR and the development of the BC SUPPORT Unit. When you meet with us in person, we are able to hear your ideas about critical success factors for the Unit and how you might be able to get involved in the Unit’s regular operations as they roll out. To book a presentation, please see our Contact page.