STRUCTURE: South Birmigham primary care trust is in the process of delegating functions to three emerging commissioning consortia.

The consortia are Integrated Care Commissioning, United Birmingham Consortium and South Birmingham Independent Commissioners - the smallest of the three with only nine practices.

Collectively the consortia are responsible for £521m commissioning spend.

They are currently involved in shadowing contracting rounds, management of contracts and QIPP (quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) planning, with a view to extensive delegation of PCT powers and functions from April.