Every month our Patient and Partnership Advisory Group (PPAG) meet together to discuss topics that are raised at the Patient Voice Partnership meetings and also topics from the CCG.
The PPAG is made up of up to twelve patient representatives and six partnership representatives as well as the CCG's Vice Chair, Ranjit Sondhi, who chairs the PPAG meetings.
Ranjit sits on the Governing Body and ensures that the patient voice is heard at board level and then cascades messages up and down the two-way patient engagement structure.
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. Using social media keeps members up to date on current NHS issues.
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 also 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.
|Patient Representative||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!
|Patient Representative||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.
|Patient Representative||Channa Payne-Williams|
|Patient Representative||Awtar Ghataora|
|Patient Representative||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.
|Patient Representative||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.
Our partnership representatives are from Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and our local HealthWatch organisations.