STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.

HSJ Local previously reported the plan was under consideration.

NHS Tees cluster board papers confirm Mike Procter, the cluster’s transition project director, has “taken a six month contract to lead the development of the North East Commissioning Support Organisation”.

A paper to the cluster’s December board says: “National guidance… was released in late October outlining the requirements and transition path for the development of commissioning support for clinical commissioning groups…

“Within the north east the current plan is to develop a region-wide CSU but to have a strong local presence to give CCGs the support they seek. The project to develop the north east CSU will increase in pace through November with workshops to develop the service lines and produce a prospectus describing the overall service offer by the end of the month.”