Our Governing Body

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The Governing Body meets monthly in public to discuss its progress as a CCG and provide an opportunity for the public and our partners to see how we are progressing and feed back their views. These meetings are held during daytime hours to enable GP Governing Body Members to carry out their morning and evening surgeries. The dates of meetings can be found on the calendar on this website.

The Governing Body is supported by a number of committees established to undertake the work of the CCG. These are listed below and terms of reference for each can be found by clicking on the links:

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG covers a population of 535,000. The CCG is a membership organisation made up of five Locality Commissioning Groups (LCGs). These LCGs are in close touch with the needs of their local communities and plan to strengthen their engagement with patients.

2017

Click here to view the Governing Body papers, if available
DATETIMEVENUE
Wednesday 11 January 2017 2.00PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 1 February 2017  2.00PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 1 March 2017 2.00PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 5 April 2017 2.00PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 3 May 2017 2.00PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 7 June 2017  1.45PM - 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 5 July 2017 1.45PM – 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 2 August 2017 1.45PM – 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 6 September 2017 1.45PM - 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 4 October 2017 1.45PM – 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 1 November 2017  1.45PM - 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 6 December 2017 1.45PM - 3.45PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich

Meet our Governing Body Members below (from A-Z)

 

Dr Basil Andreou
Chair, Sandwell Health Alliance Locality Commissioning Group and Health & Wellbeing Executive

 

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Dr Basil Andreou is a GP with specialist interests in Dermatology. He studied in Athens, Greece. He has previously held the Chair's position for Smethwick and the Commissioning Alliance and during this time he was responsible for leading on clinical commissioning for ANP nurse home visiting, community chest projects, referral triage scheme, cardiology service redesign and the community gynaecology service.

Jyoti Atri
Public Health Representative

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Jyoti Atri started her career as a researcher before becoming a Public Health Analyst with East London and the City Health Authority. In 2002, she joined the West Midlands Public Health Training Scheme, serving mainly in Public Health departments across the Black Country. On the completion of her training, she joined South Birmingham PCT, leading on cancers and the public health information function. She joined Sandwell PCT in 2010 as Deputy Director of Public Health, where she led on health improvement and health information, leading to the achievement of hard-to-reach targets for breast feeding and smoking cessation. Jyoti transferred to Sandwell Council in April 2013 and is working with the council to embed public health.

Dr Vijay Bathla
Chair, Pioneers for Health Locality Commissioning Group

Vijay Bathla

Dr Bathla came to the UK in 1976 after postgraduate study in general medicine at Banaras Hindu University, India. He became a general practitioner in Handsworth in 1983, developing his interest in deprivation and disadvantage. Outside of work, Dr Bathla enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys arranging various clinical, tutorial, social and charity events.

 

Rachael Ellis
Chief Officer for Transformation (Non Voting)

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Rachael Ellis has recently been appointed as the Chief Officer for Transformation. Rachael has worked in with the CCG prior to this role on the Commissioning of the NHS 111 service. 

James Green

Chief Finance Officer

James Green

James joined the NHS in 1993. He has been supporting commissioning organisations for the past 12 years. The projects he has been involved in include: ‘Right Care, Right Here’ transformational change, Long Term Conditions Management, Primary Care modernisation, Long Term Financial Planning and restructuring, and numerous organisational reforms.

Dr Ayaz Ahmed

Vice Chair, Sandwell Health Alliance Locality Commissioning Group

 

Dr Ayaz Ahmed Dr Ayaz Ahmed qualified from University College London and completed his vocational training at Sandwell General Hospital. He held positions at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and was also a police surgeon at the hospital. He then joined his father at a family practice in Sandwell and joined Compton Hospice as a Clinical Assistant in 2006 for three years. He was also the first GP in the West Midlands to promote Palliative Care. Dr Ahmed has a specialist interest in Palliative Care and End of Life Care and is also a board member for Sandwell Health Alliance.

Prof Nick Harding OBE

CCG Chair - MBChB BSc FRCGP MFLM DRCOG DOccMed PGDip (Cardiology)
Chair, HealthWorks Locality Commissioning Group

Nick Harding

Prof Nick Harding OBE was formally elected as Chair for the CCG in June 2012 after being Interim Chair for 2011-12. He qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1994.  In 1999 he joined as a partner at Handsworth Wood Medical Centre.  This is a large Birmingham teaching and training practice offering PMS services to a diverse inner city population.

 

Julie Jasper

Lay Director - Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee 

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Julie Jasper is Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee and a member of the governing body with a lead role for governance. Julie is also Vice Chair of both the Finance and Performance and Remuneration Committees. She is Managing Director of Westlands Associates. Julie started her career as an auditor with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, then Birmingham Area Health Authority and then Severn Trent Water Authority where she qualified as an accountant in 1985. Making the move to the private sector Julie also worked for chartered accountancy firms KPMG and Bentley Jennison. Julie worked for Travel West Midlands for 15 years in a variety of roles, including Operations Director on the main board. She is also a member of Dudley CCG where she is the board lead for patient and public involvement

Sharon Liggins

Chief Officer Partnerships (Non Voting) 

Sharon Liggins

Sharon Liggins started her NHS career 25 years’ ago as a general nurse and is currently the Chief Officer for Partnerships. She is responsible for the strategic and operational development of partnerships with key stakeholders including Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Council, local NHS Providers, other CCGs and the voluntary and independent sectors. Last year Sharon oversaw joint working arrangements, the CCG’s public and patient engagement activities, mental health commissioning, learning disabilities commissioning, children’s commissioning  and the local transformation partnership called  “Right Care Right Here”. Over the next 12 – 14 months she will lead the CCG development of health and social care integration, the preparation for the implementation of the Better Care Fund and the development of Primary Care.

 

Dr Inderjit Marok

Vice Chair, ICOF Locality Commissioning Group

Dr Inderjit Marok

Dr Inderjit Marok was re-elected as Vice Chair of ICoF Locality in 2016. He qualified in medicine from Southampton University in  1984. He is currently a partner at Rotton Park MC. This is an inner city practice with high deprivation index in the Ladywood Ward. This is a GP training practice.

Therese Mcmahon

Executive Nurse

Therese McMahon

Therese is a registered nurse with many years’ experience in the NHS at both local and national level.  She underwent her nurse training at City Hospital and held a number of senior positions in various Birmingham hospitals including two years as acting Director of Nursing at University Hospital Birmingham.  Therese spent five years working for the Department of Health’s Performance Support Team where she worked as part of the national team supporting failing organisations across England.  She later joined Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust to support service redesign before moving to Sandwell Primary Care Trust as a Senior Commissioning Manager.  Therese has a passion for promoting quality in the development of our local health services.

Therese has an MBA and an MSc in Primary Healthcare Management and Policy and is now working as an independent Healthcare Management Consultant.

Dr Samar Mukherjee

Chair, ICOF Locality Commissioning Group

Dr Samar Mukherjee

Dr Sam Mukherjee is Chair of the Quality and Safety Sub-Committee. This group has a range of healthcare expertise that look routinely at the feedback on patient care from a range of sources such as complaints and incidents. They will use this to discuss with those providing services and to help drive up and improve quality and safety of patient care. Dr Mukherjee studied for his doctorate in Calcutta, India.

 

Richard Nugent

Lay Member

Richard Nugent A member of the Strategic Commissioning Redesign Group (SCR), the Quality and Safety Committee,  the Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee, the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Strategic Estates Review Group (a sub-committee of SCR).   Richard is an architect by profession who has spent more than 30 years in senior positions in the NHS.  He was Director of Estates and then Director of Purchasing Development for the West Midlands Regional Health Authority in the 1990s, was a non-executive director of Sandwell Health Authority from 2000 – 2002, Chairman of Oldbury & Smethwick PCT from 2002 – 2006, Chairman of Sandwell PCT form 2006 – 2011 and a non-executive director of the Black Country PCT Cluster from 2011 until joining the CCG in 2013. 

 

Claire Parker

Chief Officer, Quality

Claire Parker

Claire qualified as a pharmacist in 1989 before joining primary care in 2000 as a prescribing advisor across North Birmingham GP practices. After moving to Sandwell Primary Care Trust in the Black Country in 2005 she became Assistant Director of Medicines Management in 2009. In 2012, with a wider remit in Quality, Claire was appointed as Chief Officer Quality for Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

She holds a postgraduate diploma in clinical community pharmacy for primary care and is qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Claire has a particular interest in vulnerable groups such as working in Safeguarding Children and Learning Disabilities. Claire is passionate about the patient’s voice and experience and set up the Time2Talk team in 2013 to offer a retail style customer care service in the NHS.
 
 

Janette Rawlinson

Lay Member

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Janette is an Independent Management Consultant and experienced Director. Appointed to the CCG in 2012, she was previously Independent Committee Member on Sandwell Healthcare Alliance, Non Executive Director at Sandwell Primary Care Trust, and Chair of Sandwell Community Healthcare Services.

Her background is in international business, economic development, diversity, governance, people and business development. A former Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments in 2009, she is currently Chair of Women as Leaders for the Institute of Directors, Midlands.

She holds a number of committee and board roles in the public, voluntary and community sectors including national and international Health Research. Janette was born in Birmingham, and lived in Sandwell for 25 years.

Ranjit Sondhi, CBE

Independent Lay Adviser

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Ranjit is currently a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He was previously a deputy chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Governor of the BBC, Trustee of the National Gallery, a Civil Service Commissioner and a Judicial Appoimtments Commissioner. He ilalso served for 10 years as chairman of the Heart of Birmingham PCT. He has spent his early career as a practitioner and lecturer in youth and community work.

 

Dr Ram Sugavanam

Vice Chair of HealthWorks LCG

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Dr Ram Sugavanum is a GP at Smethwick Medical Centre with special interests in musculoskeletal and orthopaedics. Completing his basic medical studies in India, Dr Ram trained and specialised in orthopaedics in Birmingham before becoming a GP in 2006.

Dr Ian Sykes

Chair, Black Country Locality Commissioning Group

Ian Sykes

Dr Ian Sykes qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1987. He undertook a surgical housejob at Sandwell General Hospital, before completing his GP training in the South Birmingham area. Dr Sykes joined Oakham Surgery in 1992 as a Partner and was involved in a recent merger with Your Health Partnership. He recently stopped being a GP trainer, and also stopped teaching medical students due to his CCG and other committments. 

Dr Sykes lives in Sandwell, and his interests outside medicine include music, golf and Chairing a small charity which is building and running a school in South Sudan.

 

Andy Williams

Accountable Officer

Andy Williams

Andy joined the NHS in 1985. He has worked at Director and Chief Executive level in both provider and commissioning organisations for the last 14 years. Andy has an MBA (Health) from Nottingham University. He is a member of the Institute of Health Management and Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dr Surjit Bath

Pioneers for Health LCG Vice Chair

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