STRUCTURE: County Durham and Darlington PCTs - operating as a cluster - have identified seven emerging commissioning consortia, including one non-geographically defined group led by a private primary care provider.

Six are based on the previous practice based commissioning localities: Darlington, Sedgefield, Durham Dales, Easington, Derwentside and Durham and Chester-le-Street.

The seventh is formed from practices which are not all neighbouring, and is led by the private primary care provider, Intrahealth.

A PCT statement said: “They are working towards becoming licenced commissioning consortia by 2013, in line with the government’s modernisation plans for the NHS.”

Intrahealth works with GP practices across the country.