BC’s SPOR application moves towards business plan

24 July 2013

BC is ready to move forward with its application for a provincial research service centre under CIHR’s national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

An interim governing council of senior BC health and research leaders has been formed to provide direction on the design and establishment of a SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit in BC. Representation on the council is drawn from:

  • BC’s research-intensive universities (University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia)
  • BC’s regional health authorities (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Island Health Authority)
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Providence Health Care
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • BC government
  • Patient representatives (in process)

The council will oversee the development of a SUPPORT Unit business plan in fall 2013 based on expressions of interest collected from the BC research community. A call for expressions of interest will be issued in late July 2013, inviting individuals, teams, and organizations from across the health research and health care sectors to participate in the unit and the development of the business plan.

The business plan will shape the functions and services of a BC SUPPORT Unit and is expected to be submitted to CIHR by winter 2013/14. It will be informed by an ongoing consultation process that engages BC’s health care leadership, experts on patient perspectives, and members of the health research community who are potential providers and users of SUPPORT Unit services.

SUPPORT Units are a central element of SPOR that are expected to provide specialized expertise and infrastructure for patient-oriented research. MSFHR and the BC Ministry of Health are co-leading the development of a SUPPORT Unit in BC.

For more information about SPOR and BC’s SUPPORT Unit, click here.