About the Greater Manchester Commissioning Academy
In conjunction with HM Cabinet Office a regional Commissioning Academy has been developed to help deliver a new wave of expert Commissioners to deliver on the promises of devolution where all partners in Greater Manchester (GM) need to find new ways of working together.
GM needs more than ever, effective commissioners able to deliver better outcomes for citizens and better value for money with ever tighter resources. Commissioners that will embrace new and innovative delivery models and build public services that better reflect the needs of their user.
As part of our GM Leadership framework, the local Academy will help commissioners from all public sector partners across the region to:-
- Collaborate by ensuring they have a common understanding of commissioning, a common language and framework;
- Build the relationships needed to enable integration under Greater Manchester’s Devolution Agreement;
- Embed a mindset of “think GM”; act local; placed-based leadership;
- Drive delivery of local devolution plans through the Commissioning Academy 100 Day Action Plans.
It will play a vital role in equipping capable, confident and courageous Commissioners, able to tackle the many challenges facing our public services to use all available resources for greatest benefits of our 2.8m citizens of GM.
Each programme comprises of 5 full day sessions to take place at local venues across the GM conurbation with a half day site visit to a partner organisation. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions of the programme within that cohort.
During the programme, participants will explore commissioning practices with a range of expert speakers including the programme’s strategic sponsor Rob Bellingham the GM Director of Commissioning who will set out the vison for Commissioning in GM and Carolyn Wilkins the Chief Executive from Oldham Council. There will also be a range of national and local guest speakers who will showcase a range of exemplar activities and case studies in support of commissioning for better outcomes.
Through local case studies, master classes and discussion, the focus of the programme is on peer-led learning, debate and practical implementation through the delivery of ‘100 day plans’ with cohort partners that focus on real and tangible transformation of services.