We plan and buy the majority of NHS hospital based and community health care services for people in Northumberland. This includes services provided by health visitors and district nurses. We are mostly made up of doctors, nurses and other health professionals – with support from experienced health service managers. We work closely with all 41 family GP practices in Northumberland which are all members of NHS Northumberland CCG. This enables us to have close links to our patients, allowing us to develop more personalised local health services that respond to individual needs. Although we are not responsible for the contract with GP practices, dentists, pharmacies and opticians, we work closely with NHS England who have this role.