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Help Us Celebrate the People and Projects Improving Care in BC!

Posted on behalf of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

Did your project improve how care is delivered? Do you know somebody whose hard work and passion for improving our health care system deserves recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s 2020 Quality Awards.

Categories celebrate projects within the four areas of care, as well as four inspiring individuals.

The deadline to submit nominations is July 12, 2019. Judging criteria and more information on the nomination process are available at www.bcpsqc.ca/quality-awards.


  • Staying Healthy – Celebrates a project that better prevented injury, illness or disability.
  • Getting Better – Celebrates a project that improved care for acute illness and/or injury.
  • Living with Illness – Celebrates a project that improved care and support for chronic illness and/or injury.
  • Coping with End of Life – Celebrates a project that improved planning, care or support for life-limiting illness and bereavement.
  • Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice – Celebrates a patient, caregiver or family member who made an outstanding contribution to patient engagement in BC’s health care system. They take the lead to inspire and support other patients, caregivers, family members and health care organizations to partner in pursuit of better care.

The Doug Cochrane Leadership in Quality Award – Celebrates someone who made an inspirational, significant and sustained contribution to improving the quality of health care in British Columbia. These contributions may have been made in the fields of health policy, care design, innovation or academia, and brought to patients at the point of care by cultivating skill development, implementing improvement initiatives or providing respectful and compassionate care for those in need.

  • Everyday Champion Award – Celebrates someone who shows a passion and commitment for improving quality of care that is outside of their formal role to lead positive change. They see a need for improvement and commit to action, leading by example and inspiring others. Nominees do not have to work in leadership roles, or roles that specify participation in quality improvement activities. We believe everyone can play a role in improving the quality of care, regardless of their position or leadership responsibilities!
  • Quality Culture Trailblazer – Celebrates someone who helps to advance and create a culture that helps their team or organization thrive. They foster teamwork and open communication, and they engage with staff to innovate and challenge the status quo in pursuit of high-quality care. They create an environment of cultural safety and humility, psychological safety and trust. Nominees do not have to work in leadership roles, but they do have to be agents of internal culture change in their workplace.

author: Sasha Zalyvadna