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.
See attached statement (right)