Our Team


        
    

We have a Board and Executive Team together with their central office staff. They are here to support all our GP practices, cutting down on local admin and applying best practice throughout Our Health Partnership.

The Board

Our Health Partnership is led by committed and experienced GPs and healthcare specialists. They share a passion for outstanding primary services and a deep practical knowledge of community healthcare.

The board is made up of nine elected GP partners and two officers (an Operations Director and Finance Director). The board is supported by a non–executive adviser. The Board is responsible for the central functions of Our Health Partnership, including accounting, HR, finance and CQC registration. It also investigates and shares best practice and innovation, provides a strong voice for the collective locally and nationally, manages our partnerships and is in constant communication with all our GP practices to support their individual needs.

 

Dr Vish Ratnasuriya MBE – Chair

Like many local GP’s, I graduated and trained in Birmingham and have continued to serve our local population. As a GP partner at Lordswood House Medical Practice in Harborne, I enjoy the variety that General Practice has to offer, from teaching medical students to looking after a nursing home and doing baby clinics. I particularly value the continuity of care for patients that a personal list system offers.

I have a special interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine, and was team doctor for Solihull Moors football club for 10 seasons. I was clinical contracting lead for the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and musculoskeletal medicine across Birmingham for CrossCity CCG for over 5 years. I have jointly led the formation of the Alliance of GP providers in the BSOL STP, and I am also the RCGP Regional Ambassador for the Birmingham and Solihull, and Coventry and Warwickshire STPs.

Outside medicine I enjoy rock climbing, cricket, DIY, and playing the guitar, all whilst retaining a balance with family life, and I particularly enjoy doing the school run a few mornings a week

To me, OHP’s unique model allows GPs and practices to retain the best of diversity in general practice that has evolved to serve our different communities require, whilst the scale provides the platform to provide influence within the health system, to create efficiencies and most of all to make life better for patients and practices.

 

Dr Philip Saunders – Vice Chair

Having grown up in Guernsey, I qualified in Birmingham in 1991 and have worked here as a GP ever since. My practice is Ridgacre House Surgery in Quinton, which was awarded an Outstanding rating by CQC in 2016, with a sister practice in Nechells. I owe much of my career progression to a valued team of colleagues that have supported me for the last 20 years.

I am the Clinical Director for a successful local provider group, Northfield Alliance Ltd. I work with Dr Dawlatly as the co-clinical director of QCAPS, a pilot referral quality improvement scheme.

In the changing world of our NHS, I see Our Health Partnership providing stability and opportunity for patients and staff as large scale healthcare comes our way. The way we work allows practices to maintain their personality, something that we value as well as our patients.

Outside work, I am the proud father of 2 grown up children who are not following in my professional footsteps! I try and keep fit by playing anything with a racket with friends and colleagues, which has kept me happy and opened many doors over the years!

 

Dr Bavna Kallan

I have been a full-time partner in general practice for the last 13 years and am currently at The Dove Medical Practice, Erdington. I am Clinical Lead in Diabetes and Safeguarding Lead in the practice. I am also a trainer and teach final year medical students.

I strongly believe that Our Health Partnership is a fair, equal and supportive organisation that will lead the way to influence positive change in general practice and improve patient care. I am delighted to be on the Board for OHP, bringing my energy and enthusiasm to help create a dynamic, innovative and caring organisation.

I came to the UK in 1997 – I was born in South Africa and completed Medical School in Johannesburg. I am happily married and blessed with two beautiful children. I enjoy outdoor fitness including running and regular boot camp sessions.

 

Dr Kate Khanna

With twenty-four years’ experience as a GP partner at Leach Heath Medical Centre, Rubery, and now a senior partner, I understand the importance of accountability and honesty. I thrive working with others both as a team member and as a leader. In addition to General Practice I am a GP with special interest in Urogynaecology at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

I bring a lifetime of practical and managerial experience to the Our Health Partnership board. I am a longstanding and committed advocate of the partner-based model of general practice.

Outside medicine, I’m a keen gym bunny and also an avid fan of pop music and shopping.

 

Dr Jennie Bailey

I trained at the University of Wales College of Medicine, qualifying in 1988. After working in North and West Wales I settled in Shrewsbury. Having joined Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical Practice in 1995 I am now a full-time GP Principal and Senior Partner.

I have always really enjoyed the clinical side of general practice and additionally have been involved in clinical governance both at practice level and in the South Shropshire Locality. I am a GP with Special Interest in ENT working at Bridgnorth Community Hospital. Currently I am working together with Shropshire Community Health Trust, Shropshire CCG and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust ENT & Audiology departments on a project to redesign the ENT service. These experiences will be valuable in my role as an OHP board member and I believe that by working together we can increase sustainability and develop our practices in new and exciting directions.

I enjoy teaching and our practice has a long history of training GP registrars, FY2s and also medical students from Keele Medical school.

I like travelling and over the last few years I have volunteered in Nepal with a charity; teaching and mentoring health workers in remote communities. I spend my spare time cycling, sailing, walking and gardening.

 

Dr Alex Meyer

I trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, and qualified in 2001. I moved to the Midlands in 2007 and have been a Partner at Yardley Wood Health Centre since 2008. My interests include Anti-Coagulation and Minor Surgery, as well as teaching medical students from the University of Birmingham. I have worked closely with the CCG, I was an LCN Chair for the Hall Green locality of CROSSCITY CCG and then ACE Excellence Clinical Lead.

In the new BSOL CCG I am the Network Chair for Hall Green. As such I have championed the cause of local GP practices. I believe that we are stronger together then the sum of our parts, and that we need to collaborate to bring about improvements in our working lives and improvements in patient care.

 

Professor Dame Julie Moore

Julie retired from her full-time post in the NHS in September 2018. She was CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham from 2006 until 2018 and for the four years prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer.
UHB gained an international reputation for quality of care, research and development and for its expertise in IT and informatics. The Trust was named as a Global Digital Exemplar by NHSE. During her time at UHB, the new £545m building was built and opened.

Julie led UHB teams in helping four trusts who were struggling and in 2015 in Julie was asked to take over the nearby Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HoEFT) as it was in significant clinical and financial difficulties. In 2018, UHB acquired HoEFT to form the new UHB, a trust treating over 2m patients per year.

Julie has contributed to many national projects including leading the Education reforms as part of the Government’s Future Forum, was an independent member of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research, a member of the Dalton Review into New Models of Hospital Provision and chaired the HSJ Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Shelford Group, ten leading academic hospitals in England.

She has spoken at national and international conferences including being on same programme as President Clinton and undertaken local, national and international interviews on TV, radio and in the press, including the Radio 4 Programmes “the Bottom Line” and “the Briefing Room”, BBC television “News night” and “Panorama” and was a panel member in the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival.

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2012. In 2013, she was included in the first BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and was included in the HSJ lists of the most influential clinical leaders, top CEOs and a national LGBT role model in health. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Oxford Brookes University and Aston University.

Julie is a Professor of Healthcare Systems at Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, a Trustee of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and in August 2018 she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. In October 2018, she became a Non-Executive Director at Worcester Hospital. She is also an adviser to Newton Consulting and is part of the UK Novartis Industry Council.

 

Dr Helen Sweeney                                                                                                                                              

I have been a GP partner in Small Heath in East Birmingham since 1997 and a GP trainer since 2008. I believe having the voice of a regular GP on the board is essential: I understand our contract, I understand the regulatory environment, I manage the seemingly inexhaustible patient need. I believe that OHP should continue to develop the core offer to support practices & have a strong voice in scrutinising the impact of other parts of the NHS on our work, pushing back where needed. As a GP trainer, I can harness my knowledge of the needs & aspirations of trainees to help support future workforce development.

Recently, I have become deputy clinical director of Bordesley East PCN. I value the financial governance  provided by OHP to our PCN & appreciate the speed with which the OHP offer to PCN’s has been developed. Our PCN’s will face huge challenges as they develop as new public bodies. I see the opportunity for OHP supported PCN’s to work closely together to ensure that we get the best value for patients and practices from the resources due to come through PCN’s .

The revolution in digital healthcare presents opportunities & threats. We need to maximize the bene-fits of digital healthcare for our patients whilst ensuring digital developments do not lead to worsening health inequality, either directly through deliberately excluding ‘unsuitable’ patients or indirectly through creaming off well patients, potentially destabilising practices.
I support the strategic direction of the board members who have represented us so far & deeply appreciate their commitment, energy & creativity in carrying us forward. It would be a great honour to serve with them.