LGC has seen a list of the 54 organisations that will spearhead the white paper plans for GP consortia commissioning ahead of the official announcement.
Information obtained by LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal reveals that the north-west is the region with the largest number of GP groups with 12 and there are eight from both east of England and London. There are only three consortia each from east Midlands, west Midlands and the north-east and only two from Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Department of Health has said that the “pathfinder” consortia will test different design concepts and identify issues and areas of learning in the new commissioning structure.
Analysis – based on the information obtained from primary care trusts in October – shows the consortia range in size from one consisting of just two practices and covering around 23,000 patients in Fleetwood, north Lancashire to the WyvernHealth.com consortia in Somerset which covers 75 GP practices and a population of over half a million.
A population the size of half a million would have an NHS commissioning budget of around £750m. However it still is not clear how much of the commissioning budget will be handed to consortia as a number of commissioning responsibilities will be centralised in the NHS commissioning board.
In a letter to strategic health authority chief executives in October, national managing director of commissioning development Barbara Hakin said: “The objective of pathfinders is to empower pioneering groups of GP practices that want to press ahead with commissioning care for patients.”
The letter said that consortia will take on additional responsibility for commissioning services in advance of the April 2013 time scale for consortia to take full responsibility for commissioning.
East of England:
East Suffolk Federation
Health East CIC: Great Yarmouth and Waveney
The Red House Group Hertfordshire
Bassetlaw Commissioning organisation
Nene Community Interest Company
Bexley Clinical Cabinet
Ealing Commissioning Consortia
Great West Commissioning Consortium
Newham Health Partnership
Southwark Health Commissioning
The Sutton Consortium
Newcastle Bridges GP consortia
Salford PBC Consortium
Stockport Managed Care
Manchester (three consortia: north, central and south)
West Cheshire Consortium
Wirral GP Consortium
Eastern Cheshire Commissioning Consortium
Trafford Commissioning Consortium
Fleetwood Community Commissioning Group
Wirral NHS Alliance
South East Hampshire
North East West Sussex Association of Commissioning Consortia
Coastal West Sussex Federation
Guildford and Waverly
Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
Bay wide GPCC Ltd
Sentinel Healthcare Southwest Community Interest Company
South Glos Consortium Ltd
South Birmingham integrated clinical commission consortium
Dudley GP Commissioning Consortium
Herefordshire GP Commissioning Consortium
Yorkshire and The Humber:
Doncaster Commissioning Consortium
North East Lincolnshire Commissioning Consortium