Opportunities - Adult Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospital, Patient and Family Advisory Council

Adult Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospital,

 Patient and Family Advisory Council

Alberta Health Services,

Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network (NRV SCN)



Did you know that 1 in 6 patients in hospital have a pressure injury (sometimes called a pressure ulcer)? Pressure injuries are completely preventable, and many develop when people are in hospital. Unfortunately, they remain a common, painful, dangerous, long-term problem for patients and cost the health care system a lot of money.

The Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network (NRV SCN) is leading a project called “Adult Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospital”. The goal of the project is to decrease the number of pressure injuries that people can get when they are in hospital. The project team is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to guide and support this work.


The purpose of the Advisory Council is to have a small group of patients/family members to help with the following:

  • Ensure that the overall project remains patient/family centered
  • Help providers better understand the experience of acquiring/having a pressure injury
  • Provide perspective and insights to help co-create and/or modify resources and educational materials for patients and health care providers
  • Can contribute to separate working groups created for certain parts of the project.


The team will engage Advisory Council members through involvement, consultation, and collaboration.


Roles and Responsibilities

The Advisory Council will consist of 3-5 members, hopefully with different clinical stories (i.e. people with challenges moving around, people who are older or who experience frailty)

You are eligible to be part of this Advisory Council if:

  • You have had one or more pressure injuries OR
  • You care, or have cared for, someone who has had one or more pressure injuries.

You are not eligible if you have a pressure injury on your feet related to diabetes.


Time Commitment

The Advisory Council will launch in the fall of 2021 and continue to meet for the duration of the project, which is about 2 years.

Advisory Council members are expected to attend regular virtual meetings (every 1-2 months) with possible work in between meetings over email/phone.

The total time commitment is expected to be 2-4 hours per month.



This is strictly a volunteer opportunity. There is no compensation being offered.

Meetings and feedback will be hosted online or via telephone so there are no travel costs associated with contributing.


More information or to apply, please connect with:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Julie Reader, the Clinical Practice Lead for this project, at julie.reader@ahs.ca by August 20th, 2021.