On 9 May 2018, Commissioning held its first Visioning workshop to begin the process of building the new Function for Aberdeen City Council. The event set out to answer the following questions:
- What’s our vision for Commissioning?
- How do we want to be perceived as a function?
Over 110 employees participated in the workshop, including staff from the new Commissioning team, representatives from across other functions and Trade Union colleagues.
The event opened with an exploration of three main questions:
What is commissioning?
How does it work?
What are the benefits of a commissioning approach?
This was followed by a lively table exercise where participants were challenged to project to the future and imagine what will be achieved and what will be said about a Commissioning approach. Craig Innes, Chief Officer for Commercial & Procurement, then gave a number of examples of where commissioning is already successfully operating across the organisation.
Martin Murchie (pictured left), Chief Officer for Business Intelligence, then moved onto commissioning for outcomes. This brought the conversation back to the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) and Martin grounded commissioning activity and the commissioning cycle by reminding us that it’s about delivering real things to real people. Michelle Cochlan, Community Planning Manager, then explained how the Commissioning function will enable us to deliver the outcomes of the LOIP.
Facilitators from across Commissioning, then led table discussions about what outcomes our customers and partners might be looking for from the council and, with those in mind, what Commissioning needs to do and how it will work with other functional areas from the TOM. So what did participants come up with? Click below to find out!
The event ended with colleagues contributing their ideas about what needs to happen next. There was support for further work on the skills needed to be a successful Commissioner as well as wanting to share other examples of commissioning. This will be followed up at the next event on 21 June.