Patient and Partnership Advisory Group

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Every month our Patient and Partnership Advisory Group (PPAG) meet together to discuss topics that are raised at the Patient Network meetings and also topics from the CCG.

Recently, the PPAG Group received training on social media so that they can follow the CCG Twitter account and other social media used by patients.  By using social media keeps members up to date on current NHS issues.

The PPAG is made up of eight patient representative and six partnership representatives as well as the CCG vice chair, who chairs the meeting.


Chair Ranjit Sondhi  Ranjit Sondhi

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.
Vice Chair  Richard Nugent small  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.
Black Country  Trevor Fossey   Trevor Fossey
Black Country  Pam Jones Photo 200 px  Pam Jones

I have been involved in patient and public involvement for the last fifteen years, most recently with Sandwell Local Involvement Network (LINK) and as Chairperson of Sandwell Healthwatch. I am currently the Lay Representative for Black Country Local Commissioning Group that covers the GP practices for Rowley Regis and Tipton. 

Having become disabled as a child I have been using health services for many years. As I get older I have to use these more frequently and am well aware of the good and not so good areas. I also get to know the views of patients through the Patient Networks meetings that the lay reps chair. 

I also worked in the health service for over thirty years as an Occupational Therapist and Manager so I really know the NHS from both sides!
Healthworks / ICOF Chris Vaughan  Chris Vaughan

Chris is retired with a grown-up family and with considerable community experience.

As a Patient Representative for the CCG, Chris co-chairs the ICOF Patient Network and sits on the Governing Board for the CCG. He also represents the patient point of view with the CCG-led Integrated Urgent Care Service (formerly 111).

Chris is a Public Governor at the Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust and chairs his local surgery's Patient Participation Group in Ladywood.

Chris is active in his local community, chairing the Summerfields Residents Association and Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir, with a large network of contacts in his locality which helps him to keep in touch. 
Healthworks / ICOF  Channa Payne-Williams  Channa Payne-Williams 
Pioneers for Health  Awtar Ghataora Awtar Ghataora
Sandwell Health Alliance  Deska  Deska Howe

Deska currently manages a range of health, social care, physical activity and catering services targeting primarily but not exclusively African Caribbean adults, older people and carers at the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, where Deska has worked for over 18 years.  Part of Deska’s role is to represent the organisation and other third sector organisations on local, regional and national strategic boards  and ensure that local people help redesign services that are culturally and religiously appropriate and they are accessible to people with disabilities in the areas and neighbours where they live.  Deska believes we should celebrate the rich diversity within in our communities, at the same time we need to be inclusive and transparent in everything we do so that services are accessible for everyone.  
Sandwell Health Alliance Graham Graham Price

Graham trained in Landscape Architecture and Public Administration achieving Group Leader of landscape architecture at West Midlands CC.  Registered blindness caused his premature retirement from paid work in 1986.

Graham is passionate about community and user involvement in the design and delivery of their services.  He believes partnership working delivers the best outcomes and has spent 50+ years engaged at both national and local level in an energetic pursuit of this ideal.  He strives in particular to raise awareness of how best to tackle the inequality of access to health and social care faced by vulnerable people. 


Partnership representatives

Mark Davis, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Representative- Partnerships Committee

Mark draws on nearly twenty years experience within charities and social enterprises in leading SCVO, the umbrella body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector. He has worked at both a local and national charity level, developing community initiatives and volunteering programmes, including an NGO stint in sub-Saharan Africa supporting resident-led development of health and education services.

Mark joined SCVO in 2003, in a capacity building support role, and has been Chief Executive since 2008.  SCVO works strategically on behalf of its 650-strong membership, of which over one third deliver health and social care services, to develop and sustain a strong locally-rooted community sector for Sandwell.

Geoff Foster, CARES
Strategic Commissioning and Redesign Committee

Geoff was born in Liverpool where he attended the Liverpool Collegiate Grammar School for Boys. After School he went to the University of Leeds and gained a BA (Joint Honours) in Economics and Geography and then to Westhill College, Birmingham where he obtained a post graduate certificate in Community and Youth Work and met his wife, Janet.

They have lived in Wolverhampton since 1978, and he has worked in social and community work since that time. Firstly, as a Playleader then as a Community Worker, and since 1993 as the Chief Executive Officer of CARES in Sandwell.

Geoff has a wide range of experience in project development, representation and management, serving on Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council from 1980 to 1994 (he was Chair of the organisation from 1990 to 1993), the Wolverhampton Law Centre and Wolverhampton Community Health Council amongst others.

Since he has worked in Sandwell, he has represented CARES on many groups and committees, most notably SCVO where he has served as a Board Member for over 10 years in total. He is currently Chair of the Sandwell Voluntary Sector Health & Social Forum and a Trustee of Sandwell Young Carers. The organisation works in partnership with a range of health and social care organisations and seeks to make a real difference to the lives of carers in Sandwell