Special Message to InspireNet Members

Update: January 17, 2017
 
To our InspireNet membership,
 
At this juncture we are pleased to report that the InspireNet network is transitioning to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit),  a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The BC SUPPORT Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is also now part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
 
The BC SUPPORT Unit has contracted with InspireNet for its transition to the Unit’s virtual platform in the areas of networking, professional development, knowledge translation, communications and evaluation. Planning for this transition – and the services that will be offered, and to whom – is still in early stages; however, in implementing this transition the network continues to be managed at the University of Victoria.

At this transition time the collection of InspireNet curated professional development publicly available resources is still available and plans are being made to move these links to the BC SUPPORT Unit's website.
 
Warm regards,

InspireNet’s Management Team:

  • Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | Former InspireNet Academic Co-Lead and Training and Virtual Networking Platform Advisor, BC SUPPORT Unit
  • Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, Former InspireNet Manager; Director, Training and Virtual Networking Platform, BC SUPPORT Unit

May 25, 2016
 
To our membership,
 
This note is to tell you about InspireNet’s transition to support an exciting new initiative in BC whose aims are aligned with InspireNet’s vision to improve healthcare through research. Details of the transition, what it means or may mean for members, and what you’ll hear next, are below. In the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with any questions.
 
As you are likely aware, InspireNet has been funded since 2009 through an award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)’s BC Nursing Research Initiative. The network has worked to create and share health services knowledge; strengthen research and knowledge translation capacity; and, facilitate innovation in the delivery of health services. Initially our membership focused on nursing. As the network grew, our mandate expanded to become interprofessional, morphing InspireNet to InspireNet 2.0. Currently our membership is over 4,200 individuals interested in health services research; about 60% of them work in BC’s health authorities, 25% work or study in BC’s post-secondary institutions, and the remainder work in smaller organizations or are outside of BC.
 
As has been previously communicated, due to the demonstrated successes of the network and the generosity of MSFHR, funding for the network through its initial award was extended to a current end date of May 31, 2016.
 
At this juncture we are pleased to announce that the network will transition to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit),  a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The BC SUPPORT Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is also now part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
 
The BC SUPPORT Unit is in process of contracting with InspireNet to transition into the Unit’s virtual platform in the areas of networking, professional development, knowledge translation, communications and evaluation.  Planning for this transition – and the services that will be offered, and to whom – is still in the early stages; however, the network will continue to follow the existing management model: the University of Victoria will serve as the ‘host’ in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority, and management of the network will continue in a collaborative leadership model with co-leaders from academia and practice, supported by a network manager who will work closely with the SUPPORT Unit team.
 
What does this mean for existing members? Again, it is early days, but we expect there will be services, initiatives and opportunities that will be of interest to you, as they will build on the strong foundation that InspireNet and its members have created.  Additionally, BC AHSN, whose purposes will be broader than the BC SUPPORT Unit and will include the translation of evidence-based solutions into system wide implementation, will be exploring how it can build on this new platform working with us and the SUPPORT Unit. As we collaborate with the BC SUPPORT Unit and BC AHSN on this transition, we will be exploring how our members could benefit from, contribute to and participate in this exciting work that is underway in BC.  We’ll provide you with additional details as developments unfold.
 
In the meantime, the website, and its collection of curated resources, including recordings of past webinars, will be available until October 31, 2016.
 
Warm regards,

InspireNet’s Management Team:

  • Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | InspireNet Academic Co-Lead
  • Heather Straight, RN, BScN, MN, Director Academic Education, Provincial Health Services Authority | InspireNet Practice Co-Lead
  • Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, InspireNet Manager

I would like to...