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Pathfinder GP consortia revealed

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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 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:

CATCH (Cambridgeshire)

East Suffolk Federation

Fortis Group

Health East CIC: Great Yarmouth and Waveney

Hunts Health

Ipscom (Ipswich)

The Red House Group Hertfordshire

East Midlands:


Bassetlaw Commissioning organisation

Nene Community Interest Company


Bexley Clinical Cabinet

Ealing Commissioning Consortia

Great West Commissioning Consortium

Kingston Consortium

Newham Health Partnership


Southwark Health Commissioning

The Sutton Consortium


Newcastle Bridges GP consortia


County Durham


Cumbria Senate

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 Central:


South East Hampshire

Bracknell Forest

South Reading



South-east Coast:

North East West Sussex Association of Commissioning Consortia

Coastal West Sussex Federation

Surrey Health

Thames Medical

Guildford and Waverly

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley


Bay wide GPCC Ltd

Sentinel Healthcare Southwest Community Interest Company

South Glos Consortium Ltd

West Midlands:

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

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