Q&A with a People First winner: Victor Brittain

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Editorial | May 31st, 2016

Victor Brittain, Regional Practice Coordinator – Medical, Residential Care, ICU, Emergency, Vancouver

Won: Innovation, Award of Excellence

Describe a great day at work for you. victor photo

Someone once told me that every day you spend in health care you should be striving to make things better for the people that you serve. So, the perfect day for me would be one in which I have made a change for the better in a person’s life or work.

What does “People First” mean to you?

People are at the core of the work that we do here at VCH, so the principle of putting people’s goals and wishes first, whether they are patients or staff, is what guides the work that we do each day.

What did it feel like being nominated, and then winning, in your category?

I was surprised when my Practice Leader advised me that she wanted to nominate me for a People First Award. Initially, I was reluctant to have my name go forward but she convinced me in the end. When I found out that I had won the award, I was exceptionally pleased that the organisation valued my work to the extent that they would recognise it by means of this Award of Excellence.  I am very humbled and honored by this experience.

What his nominator said:

“This year Victor has taken the initiative to do some knowledge translation regarding acute care discharge planning for older adults using a “Living at Home Risk Tool”. The tool looks at balancing  safety and autonomy and creates a patient specific risk profile. To date he has modified the tool to use at VGH on subacute medicine, educated the PSM and CMLs , and has started trialing the tool in iCare case conferences.”

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