Commissioning Academy

Would you like to acquire the insight, know-how and confidence to realise radically better outcomes for citizens and communities?


The Commissioning Academy is designed to give you the tools, techniques and confidence to approach the most challenging issues facing communities in a collaborative, creative and evidence-driven way.

Launched by Cabinet Office in 2013, the Commissioning Academy combines the latest and proven practices on leading change across complex systems to enable you to bring to bear the ideas, assets and energy of all parties to realise better outcomes for the people you serve. We offer the:

  • National Commissioning Academy, which invites applications from all public service organisations. The 2019 flyer describing the National Commissioning Academy offer is now available to download. To apply click here.
  • Local, place-based academies, bringing together partners across a locality for collaborative systems change and transformation. We have designed and delivered place-based academies focused on health and social care integration in a range of localities including Somerset, Suffolk, the Wirral and Greater Manchester

Over 1,200 senior decision-makers and practitioners from across sectors have graduated from the Commissioning Academy since 2013, including participants from:

  • the Cabinet Office, FCO, Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, DWP, DCMS,  Department of Education and the Department of Health  – among others
  • most major local authorities as well as CCGs, PCCs and the Police

Each Commissioning Academy takes place over five full days spread over six months comprising masterclasses, expert speakers, a site visit, peer-to-peer challenge and practical action planning to apply commissioning practices to the pressing issues facing each organisation. Subjects covered include:

  • outcome-based commissioning
  • whole-systems thinking, bringing all facets of public services together to deal with issues
  • working with the voluntary and community sector
  • behavioural insights
  • market engagement and development
  • alternative funding models
  • joint commissioning across organisational boundaries
  • new models of delivery — such as mutual and joint venture companies

See more on commissioning models and descriptions

Upon successful completion participants also benefit from becoming members of the Alumni Network, gaining exclusive free access to up-to ten knowledge events, evening seminars and roundtables each year.

If you’d like to be part of the next Academy please download the application form here.

If you’d like to hear more, please feel welcome to email us or call 07979 096412.