The Commissioning Academy is a challenging and intensive programme for public service commissioners designed to bring about real behaviour change. It was launched in 2012 by the Cabinet Office and is now delivered by the Public Service Transformation Academy, a partnership led by RedQuadrant.

The Somerset Academies are a local adaptation of our national approach, tailored to focus in particular on challenges in the health and social care sector. Local partners included Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Health Education England through STP local area workforce board, the NHS QI faculty, and the South West Academic Health Science Network.

The academies are first and foremost about why we work together as place shapers and systems leaders. They examine how we build a mutually supportive team ethos across partners in Somerset by developing stronger relationships, a shared understanding and approach, collaborative behaviours, and strengths/asset-based approaches.

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