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Committees

BC has the only provincial renal network of its kind in Canada.

Renal care providers from all disciplines across the province give their time, energy and creativity to a range of BCPRA committees and working groups. 

Their work results in a variety of initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges of chronic kidney disease, including:

  • Improvements in early diagnosis and intervention
  • Treatment options
  • Fiscal sustainability

View a diagram of the BC Renal Networks and Committees.

Get Involved

If you are a renal care provider in BC and want to get involved with a committee or working group, contact the BCPRA at 604-875-7340 or by email.

Our Committees

For details about BCPRA committees and working groups, click the links below:

BCPRA Executive Committee

BCPRA’s Executive Committee provides direction to BC’s regional renal programs to ensure consistent delivery of services across the province.

See the committee’s terms of reference.

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BCPRA Medical Advisory Committee

BCPRA’s Medical Advisory Committee:

  • Advises BCPRA on best medical practices
  • Serves as a forum for physician discussion

See the committee’s terms of reference.

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BCPRA Pharmacy & Formulary Committee

BCPRA’s Pharmacy & Formulary Committee:

  • Determines the list of drugs most appropriate for renal patients
  • Facilitates medication best practices across BC

See the committee’s terms of reference and details on their guidelines and protocols.

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BCPRA Facilities & Equipment Planning Committee

The Facilities & Equipment Planning Committee facilitates the planning process and recommends priorities for capital facilities and equipment acquisition.

See the committee’s terms of reference.

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BCPRA Glomerulonephritis (GN) Committee

The Glumerulonephritis (GN) Committee has developed the GN network and registry with the goals of improving both our understanding of GN, and treatment for this subset of kidney patients.

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BCPRA HD Clinicians Group

The BCPRA HD Clinicians Group works to improve HD care across BC by developing provincial standards & tools and supporting system changes.

See the committee's terms of reference.

PVAST

In November 2014, the Provincial Vascular Access Services committee was rolled into the HD Clinicians Group. PVAST had produced a variety of vascular access (VA) guidelines, tools, forms, and teaching materials prior to this collaboration. For further information, please view:

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BCPRA Home Hemodialysis Committee

The Home Hemodialysis Committee provides direction to the provincially-coordinated, locally delivered independent dialysis program.

The program includes home hemodialysis as well as self-care within hospital or clinic-based dialysis settings.

  • The Home Hemodialysis Committee guides the development of the provincial independent hemodialysis program, ensuring high quality and safe, equitable patient care. It also assists the Heath Authority Renal Programs (HARPs) to integrate the independent hemodialysis program. 
  • The Clinical Educators Group fosters excellence in the provision of education towards patient independence.

See an overview of the independent dialysis options in BC.

This active group has also produced guidelines and an Independent Hemodialysis Patient Workbook.

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BCPRA Information Management Council

The Information Management Council (IMC) provides strategic advice on information management processes and technologies to support kidney care, placing an emphasis on increasing PROMIS usage and quality and utilization of data.

Our cornerstone system is PROMIS (Patient Record/Registration and Outcome Management Information System), which provides real-time, accurate data collected from the 30+ renal units in BC.

See the council's terms of reference.

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Provincial Vascular Access Services Team (now under HD Clinicians Group)

The Provincial Vascular Access Services Team (PVAST) worked to improve vascular access care across BC by developing provincial standards & tools and supporting system changes. In November 2014, it was rolled into the HD Clinicians Group.

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BCPRA Kidney Care Committee

The BC Kidney Care Committee provides guidance to BC’s regional renal programs regarding all aspects of chronic kidney disease by facilitating the development of provincial standards, guidelines, tools, resources and quality indicators.

See the committee's terms of reference.

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BCPRA Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Care Committee

The Peritoneal Dialysis Care Committee fosters excellence in the delivery of peritoneal dialysis throughout the province and ensures appropriate delivery of services through provincial contracts.

See the group's terms of reference.

This active group has also produced a variety of guidelines and patient teaching materials.

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BCPRA Palliative Care Committee

The Palliative Care Committee provides guidance to BC’s regional renal programs with respect to end of life issues.

Group members include nephrologists, social workers and renal nurses from all Health Authority Renal Programs, as well as representatives from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Our goals:

  • Assist Health Authority Renal Programs (HARPs) to develop and implement strong EOL care
  • Enhance education and understanding of Advanced Care Planning (ACP) and EOL care
  • Enhance the EOL training of nephrology fellows 

The Palliative Care Committee completed a position paper that outlines international, national, and provincial trends in EOL care.

See the EOL Resources section for documents and links.

Terms of reference are currently being revised.

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BCPRA Renal Educators Group

The BC Renal Educators Group (BC REG) works to standardize, enhance and foster excellence in the delivery of hemodialysis nursing care throughout the province of British Columbia.

This group aims to facilitate the achievement of critical thinking, evidence-based practice and/or expert opinion for continuous quality outcomes for hemodialysis nursing delivery.

See the group's terms of reference.

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CNeph(C) Study Group

BC REG organizes and supports an annual CNeph(C) study group for BC nurses who plan to write the exam. 

The study group ran from January 8 to March 26, 2014. Links to reading materials and presentations were emailed to the participants the week before each session.

Please check back in the fall for information on next year's study group.

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Professional Groups

Renal care providers across BC have formed networks for dialogue and information sharing.

Current active professional groups:

  • Biomed Technicians
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Renal Managers
  • Social Workers

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Renal Managers Working Group

The renal managers working group functions as an advisory body to its members and to the provincial renal community regarding programs, policies and guidelines that influence the care of BC renal patients.

See the group's terms of reference.

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Social Workers

BC Nephrology Social Work Practice Council acts as a forum for professional collaboration between social workers and various renal care partners.

The group contributes to:

  • BCPRA committees and projects
  • Nephrology social work guidelines for care
  • Resource development for patients and families

See the group's terms of reference and scope of practice.

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