Application Form

Applying for the Commissioning Academy

Established by the Cabinet Office in 2013, the Commissioning Academy is a development programme for those responsible for transforming service delivery in all parts of the public sector, including central government, local authorities, health bodies and justice organisations. It has been carefully tested with and by senior commissioners and is designed to equip participants with the tools to tackle the challenges facing public services and commission the right outcomes for their communities.

If you think that your organisation could benefit from the Academy we would be pleased to hear from you. The information you provide on this form will be used to review your application and suitability for the Commissioning Academy and for course administration purposes. Applications are welcomed from all sectors involved in public service transformation. The fee for the programme is £2,000 + VAT per person. Please go to page 2 for the application form.

How to Apply
Participants usually join the academy as part of a small group from each organisation with at least one person at director or assistant director level (local government), SCS1 or deputy director level (central government) or equivalent, accompanied by two to four colleagues. This will enable them to learn together and work as a team to apply their new thinking to their organisation’s commissioning practice. We will consider individual applications in exceptional cases. Participants will be:

  • enthusiastic and committed to make the necessary step change in commissioning outcomes
  • keen to learn from experts and other participants
  • responsible for driving transformational and cultural changes across services
  • able to take back practical input to their own commissioning challenges, showcase their results and gain recognition for their organisation
  • willing to commit to attend five full days over about 6 months

Candidate organisations will go through the Academy programme as part of a mixed sector cohort of between 20 to 40 individuals. They will be:

  • at different stages along the road to good commissioning
  • able to demonstrate the commitment of at least one senior sponsor to making changes to commissioning practice in response to the Commissioning Academy
  • able to nominate a group of 2 - 4 individuals with the attributes necessary to participate
  • able to release those individuals to participate fully
  • able to describe the scale of their commissioning budget/spend, their current challenges and what they want to get out of the Academy

Successful applications should demonstrate:

  • a clear and compelling commissioning challenge - relating to achieving policy outcomes which might require innovative thinking about use of budgets and other resources, partnership working, influencing others, community solutions, complex problems, market engagement, and/or new forms of delivery
  • The context and why participating in the academy will contribute
  • How group participants will enable transformation
  • Evidence of senior sponsor commitment

The Commissioning Academy Commitment
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Five full days of development activities, covering a range of topics including; joining up central and local; co-commissioning across sectors; bringing new policy initiatives together; new delivery models.

  • Attendance at all the days of your programme.
  • Team-level participation to give participants support, top-level commitment and time to work on their 100 day plan.
  • Participants tell colleagues about the Academy and pass on what they learn.
  • Practical focus on transformation and culture change back at the organisation.
  • Participants commit to transformation and culture change by applying what they’ve learnt, through the 100 day plan. Senior leaders support change.
  • Ongoing cross-sector alumni network and online resources throughout and after the programme, joining up expertise across sectors and signposting sector-based learning materials and guidance.
  • Participants play ongoing role in alumni network and give a few days over the following year to future cohorts (giving talks, round tables or offering site visits). Participants share what they’ve learned from the Academy with colleagues in their region.
  • Prestige and recognition for your organisation – publicity for alumni organisations’ successes.
  • Sharing information on successes, to help the Academy publicise positive change.

Fill out the online application form.  

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