STRUCTURE: Three commissioning support organisations are working on business cases in the south west of England, but discussions are still ongoing in several PCT areas.

A statement issued by the South West strategic health authority said: “primary care trust clusters in the south west are working on developing business plans for commissioning support services in the following configurations:

  • NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and NHS Somerset
  • NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay
  • NHS Gloucestershire and Swindon are working with PCT clusters in Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

“Discussions are ongoing about commissioning support requirements in Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset, and the arrangements in NHS Dorset, and Bournemouth and Poole.”