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. From June 2020, the National Commission Academy will be offered virtually (see below).
  • 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 1,500 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

Virtual Commissioning Academy

The virtual academy is delivered by the same faculty of subject-matter experts, facilitators and action-learning coaches as the classroom Commissioning Academy hosted in London – using webinars, video-conferencing and a virtual learning environment. Participants will receive the same certificate.

To fit around work pressures, the academy will be delivered in two bite-sized hour-long sessions per week over four months (and recorded so participants could review at their own pace). Participants will also be coached to apply their learning to a commissioning initiative they are working on. Group prices are available, and multi-agency applications are encouraged.

Learning outcomes focus on:

  • 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

Upon successful completion participants also benefit from becoming members of the Alumni Network. If you’d like to learn more, please feel welcome to email us or call 07701049836.