STRUCTURE: Leicester, and Leicestershire and Rutland primary care trusts have been confirmed as a “viable size” to form a primary care trust cluster.

There is a national requirement to reduce the number of PCT accountable officers by forming formal clusters of PCTs across the country.

About 50 clusters are anticipated and it has been confirmed that Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is a viable cluster size, according to board papers.

The work to form a single PCT executive team across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland was done a few months ago and therefore the arrangements are already in line with the new directive on clustering.

Management costs are to be reduced by 30 per cent in 2011-12 and that will equate to about 125 posts being removed over the next few months from the PCTs.