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.
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 9 elected GP partners, an appointed practice manager and 2 officers (Chief Operating Officer & Chief Pharmacist). 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 and again in 2019, 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 25 years.
I am the Clinical Director for Quinton and Harborne PCN. I was also elected by my colleagues to be one of two representatives for South Birmingham on the BSOL GP partnership board.
In the changing world of our NHS, I see Our Health Partnership providing stability and opportunity for our staff and patients. The current health climate is at risk of being shaped by politics rather than patient need. OHP lets practices and PCNs maintain their personality, but retain the strength of scale, something that are patients and our teams value.
Outside of my 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 including meeting my wife!
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.
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.
I have been a full time GP partner in Birmingham since 2010. Started off as a single-handed GP partner at Bunbury Road surgery, was thrown straight in the deep end at the start of my GP career, but not only managed to stay afloat but thrive and understand the general practice to its core.
With time, I realised that in order to sustain, grow and deliver quality of care to patients, the practice model should change and adopt to working in bigger partnerships. In 2015, merged with my neighbouring practice to form BG Health, same year as we joined the newly formed OHP.
In April 2021, we moved to our brand-new premises showcasing state of the art General Practice after merging with Granton Medical Centre. The new practice is called College Green Medical Practice, providing health care to the people in Bournville Northfield in South Birmingham.
I have been responsible for aligning several processes in our merged practice to enable us to continue to provide high quality of care to the patients in a safe, effective, and efficient way.
I am also care home lead, PCN lead, Cancer, and Palliative Care lead for the practice.
I am the Care home and Cancer lead for the PCN.
I have been a Macmillan GP Facilitator for BSOL CCG and work alongside the Cancer Leads and commissioners to improve the Cancer care in general practice until March 2022 when the post ended. My experience over the last few years in this role has helped me to develop a strategic vision and my main interest has been helping the PCNs deliver the Cancer DES and developing the cancer champions. We were instrumental in the role out of the FIT programme in Birmingham in the last 12 months and prior to few years ago we helped in rolling out the ReSPECT forms in the BSOL area.
I am passionate about teaching as this helps us to instil our love for general practice in the younger generation and grow and support our fraternity. I enjoy my role as a GP trainer and Year 4 undergraduate tutor for Birmingham University.
I came to the UK in 1997, after graduating from South Gujarat University in western India times when internet was considered a luxury and foreign world an unknown territory but in the last 25 years this foreign land is my home now.
I am a mother to two young girls, love outdoors, especially hiking in the peaks and Indian classical dancing.
I enjoy cooking curries as long as it’s not a daily chore.
I am looking forward to working with other inspirational people in OHP to drive our love, passion, and vision forward.
Dr Rupesh JHA
I work as a full time GP at Kingsbury Road Surgery. I have been a GP over 14 years and keen to make General Practice a desired vocation once again. I am a GP trainer and Program Director HEE and teach medical students from Aston and Birmingham Medical Schools. I am excited to be part of the General Practice Staff and Allies EDI Network and we aim to work towards improving opportunities for staff and create a level playing field for across all job roles. I have in recent past held position of Clinical Director of a PCN and GP Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
Dr Fraser Hewitt
I trained in Liverpool and completed the Merseyside VTS in 2009. I then worked as a Family Physician in rural Canada for 5 years before returning to the UK, settling in Sutton Coldfield in 2014. I first worked in Erdington as a salaried GP at the Dove Medical Practice and then as a Partner in Sutton Coldfield at the Manor Practice since 2015.
In 2020 I became the Clinical Director of the Alliance of Sutton Practices PCN, which includes both OHP and non-OHP practices as members. In my time as CD I have grown the PCN to 10 WTE team members supporting quality improvements across the practices: a core pharmacist team, 3 Physician Assistants, a First Contact Physio, Care Coordinators and Social Prescribers.
In my experience as a CD, I have found that the support that OHP affords the PCN in governance, contractual issues and anticipating upcoming changes has convinced me of the importance of working together at a super-partnership level. I have experience of collaboration at locality level, having worked with the practices that would become SCGP on the ACE nurse project that helped manage frailty and reduce admissions. We are currently working together to promote GP input on the development of the North Birmingham Integrated Care Service Model.
I have been closely involved in the OHP population health data project, including the collaboration with Birmingham City University, which has resulted in a PhD student working with OHP. I see real potential in having combined resources and access to data to make meaningful changes to inequalities and the health of our patients, as well as providing solid metrics upon which to build bids for service development.
Dr Paul Gardner