The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is governed by a number of different committees which address various functions and operations:
- The Oversight Committee governs and supports the operations of the MSSU
- The Executive Committee ensures the day to day running and operations of the MSSU
- The Communications Committee develops and implements communication plans in conjunction with the MSSU’s strategic plan by providing support, advice, and oversight for internal and external communications.
- The Advisory Committees provide advice and take direction from the executive committee to assist in building capacity in patient-oriented and health services research.
As part of its Patient Engagement Strategy, the MSSU is dedicated to including representatives from the Maritime patient community to act as equal members and decision-makers on all MSSU committees. These representatives are identified as ‘Patient Advisors’. The purpose for the Patient Advisor positions is to bring a patient perspective to the governing and strategic operations of the MSSU committees and subcommittees.