STRUCTURE: Three commissioning consortia are emerging across South Tees, covering Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland PCTs.

They are called Langbaurgh GP Commissioning Consortium (a pathfinder consortia), Eston GP Commissioning Consortium and Middlesbrough GP Commissioning Consortium. The PCTs are likely to delegate £2 per head of population for support, and are developing plans to assign staff. For Langbaurgh, there are plans to establish the consortium as a sub committee of the PCT boards and, with “clear terms of reference”, it will take responsibility for emergency and urgent care, prescribing, community services and elective care.