The NHS Alliance and its private sector partner Humana have rebadged their so called practice based commissioning academy to appeal to fledgling GP consortia.

It is part of a flurry of activity as management consultants team up with health organisations to offer expertise to GP commissioners.

That includes a tie-up between the National Association of Primary Care and consultants KPMG to launch a similar academy for commissioning, as well as a further venture between the NAPC and UnitedHealth to publish commissioning guidelines for GPs.

The NHS Alliance-Humana rebranded Commissioning Academy will offer an “enhanced” set of training modules designed for GP commissioners from January next year.

NHS Alliance chief executive Michael Sobanja said: “Our programme is based on tried and tested commissioning models [developed] with clinicians and managers.”

The Royal College of GPs has also said it plans to set up a centre for commissioning with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.