NHS London has contracted a KPMG-led partnership to support consortia development.

The partnership includes the National Association of Primary Care, Healthskills, Primary Care Commissioning, United Health UK and Morgan Cole.

It will support development of London’s pathfinder consortia.

A KPMG statement said it would provide “a comprehensive and evidence-based package of business, finance, governance and personal development support”.

“The programme will help GPs to develop key skills they will need as future commissioners, such as financial management skills, contract management and engaging with local councils and other stakeholders,” it said.

KPMG associate partner and former Department of Health director of commissioning Gary Belfield said: “We look forward to working closely with the early pathfinders in London to ensure they are as prepared as possible to meet the commissioning challenges that face the NHS in the coming years.”

An NHS London spokesman said the partnership would be to support the capital’s eight pathfinder consortia but it would work towards developing organisational models and “diagnostic tools” for all of London’s consortia.