The Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet) is a provincial program of the Provincial Health Services Authority that works to reduce healthcare-associated infections in BC healthcare facilities. Our key areas of focus are surveillance, evidence-based guidelines, and education. PICNet works together with partners on provincial surveillance initiatives, development and promotion of evidence-based best practices, and the creation of educational and operational tools. Our community of practice includes experts in infection prevention and control, occupational health and safety, public health, infectious diseases, patient safety and quality, microbiology laboratories, and others.

Who makes up PICNet?

You can view our Reporting Structure diagram to see how these groups are involved.

Governance

With support and guidance from our Scientific and Operations Advisory Committee, PICNet brings together health care professionals with an interest in infection control from across the continuum of care and across the province, including:

  • Epidemiologists
  • Infection Control Professionals
  • Infectious Disease Physicians
  • Medical Microbiologists
  • Directors of Care
  • Medical Health Officers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Occupational Health Physicians
  • Other healthcare providers

Providing Leadership and Guidance

The overarching strategic objective for PICNet is to optimize sustainable capacity within the infection control community of practice. This means ensuring the best possible results are achieved within the available resources. This is achieved by PICNet:

  • Providing advice on relevant policy and issues
  • Providing knowledge to guide investigation and/or practice
  • Supporting and coordinating initiatives that pull common interests together
  • Sharing information
  • Advocating on behalf of the community of practice for appropriate and sustainable resources
  • Assisting and participating in surveillance activities