#23 – February 2020 News

A windy and wet hello to all current and future customers. The sun can’t be far away now…. surely!?

January and now nearly all of February seem to have elapsed, so it’s time for the latest set of news and (hopefully) useful content from Oscar Towers.

So, without further ado, here goes:



Customer Guide – As a result of some recent upgrades to our PSN Supplier subscriptions, we have updated our Customer Area Guide

GDPR – We felt it was time to update our GDPR Q&A document. The new and shiny version can be seen here

Government – Following our departure from the EU in January, the MEP’s and Department for Exiting the EU have been removed from the live database. The MP database has, of course, been fully updated post the general elections at the end of last year.

Our Councillor database has been fully refreshed following the post election updates back in May to July 2019 and the now completed annual review of non election councils. All ready for the next round of updates in May 2020!

Healthcare – ‘Social Prescribing’ is likely to become a pretty universal model of care managed at a PCN level (groups of GP Surgeries). We will in due course be able to look at adding the Link workers (where they are recruited internally within the PCN/Surgeries – rather than where they decide to use external agencies). Meantime though and as this gets ‘bedded in’, we are collecting the PCN Clinical Leads which we’re currently collecting (500 currently on the system as of today and number increasing weekly). These can be found under the ‘Boards/Committee’ functional area, the category being: ‘PCN Clinical Director’.

We have also added a number of new functional categories to our Care Homes database to cover a new set of Senior and Board Level post holders within Care Home Groups. These include Operational, Facilities, Human Resources, Public Relations and Quality Assurance. If you’d like to know more, just shout.

Education – We have recently made over 4000 contact and organisational changes across our Further and Higher Educational dataset so far in 2020 – this includes 623 new post holders. For those with subscriptions, please make sure you take the latest updates.

We are also continuing our focus on Academy Convertors and MAT’s across the Schools database. There is also more to come on the Schools side with new data points being added – so stay tuned for details of those in due course.



PSN – Free!?, yes FREE. Our new PSN supplier subscription is free of charge for one and all. This provides subscribers with:

Live Bespoke Tender Alerts and weekly round-up emails
Live Supplier Profile Listing on PSN. See how that looks here
Unlimited Event Listings on PSN –See how that looks here

If you have an existing Oscar customer account, just log-in and you can activate your PSN Supplier subscription there. If you don’t yet have an Oscar customer account, then firstly why not?? – and secondly, you can get one and in so doing activate your free subscription here

One Pager – We are often asked what we do – and after much head scratching we have come up with a (relatively) concise overview of all things Oscar – See here


Mapping – We have a new geo and data mapping presentation available for your enjoyment. Please have a click to find out more



Following the November General Election, we have created some comparison maps showing the differences at a constituency level pre and post the results. The new Political Map can be seen here

In closing:

Plenty more that could be said, but I’ll save that for the Spring newsletter, hopefully when temperatures are higher than the wind speed and we can all leave the brollies at home!

Meantime, keep safe, warm and well!
James and Team at Oscar.

#22 – December News

Festive greetings to all current and future customers.

Today I shall be identifying as a writer; or at least a narrator of the latest Oscar goings on.

We have arrived at the embers of the year and indeed the ‘teens’/’tens’!? – or whatever you may wish to call the last block of 10 years. It doesn’t seem like the millennium was long ago to me, but that’s the slippery substance of time for you. At least, I suppose, we’ll know what to call the next decade.

For those with any more than a passing interest in Oscar, I thought it sensible to start with our Christmas availability:

Oscar Offices will be closed from 3pm on Friday 20th of December and re-open 9am on January 2nd. All online and live data services will remain available of course (for those with masochistic tendencies who don’t like to stop working)

Database/Service Updates
Beyond the usual updates and changes across Government and Education, there’s a definite Healthcare bias to things of note this time (and in particular around Primary Care in England):

Firstly we have a new category to report – “PCN Clinical Director” (located under Board/Committee for those with NHS subscriptions) – these are the lead position within a Primary Care Network (PCN). Accountable to member GP Practices, leading delivery of planning and effectiveness of the PCN – we have added over 400 GP post holders in the past few weeks across 43 CCGs. Work will continue over the next month or so and we are anticipating circa 1,200 posts in total will be identified once we have completed the work across all CCG’s.

We have recently finished a full update of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) / Integrated Care System (ICS) Leaders. There are now 14 confirmed Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in place. It’s worth noting that not all the Leaders fall under the NHS; some are within Local Authorities. The number of ICS’s will almost certainly increase over the next 12 months.

We have also completed a review and update of the GP Federations. The number of Federations has now grown to over 100 and with the changes across GP Surgeries is likely to continue increasing both in volume and significance.
All currently confirmed CCG mergers are reflected in the database however there are more changes to come in 2020 and we will be updating accordingly when the time comes.

As a few people may have noticed, we will shortly be having a general election. Irrespective of the outcome (and I’m not too sure I’d be brave enough to wager much on any party at this precise moment) all the post election changes and updates across the MP database will be made within a few days of the results being announced. We’re also planning putting together a map showing the pre and post political landscape across the UK in full technicolour.

Ultimate, amazing, awesome, apogee….there are many (but perhaps insufficient) superlatives to describe our new ‘halo’ subscription. Giving you all things Oscar in a box. Take a look at our all new presentation for the all new Public Service Exchange (PSX) Subscription – https://www.oscar-research.co.uk/datasheets/publicserviceexchange


Tricky to follow that, but potentially no less interesting is our new Live Local Authority Report. Giving you a neat overview of the Local Authority organisational market. Have a gander here – https://www.oscar-research.co.uk/data-intelligence/localauthorityanalysis



Share our view!! – our webcam is now broadcasting live from outside the finance office window – https://www.oscar-research.co.uk/contact/webcam.php


Keep warm and well and all the very best to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year!!

James and co

#21 – Autumn Update and New Structure

A warm autumnal hello to all current and future customers.

I hope this finds you well and bedding down in anticipation of the advent of winter and indeed the advent of advent  (one of our neighbours has already put up their xmas lights (sigh!)

As ever, we’ve been busy beavering away at all things Public Sector. In order to try to summarise all the exciting things we have to tell you about, this and future newsletter missives will follow the same structure. 

Updates (to generally keep you informed of changes to the database and our existing services)

New (as the cunning little title may suggest, this will tell you, well, about new things)

Interesting (we will endeavour to find something to tell you about, give away, or provide a trial of sneaky peak that will in some way enrich your work life)

To that end, and at the risk of being repetitious, here we go…..




Following the completion of the Local Government Councillors update post May elections we have added a category to cover Brexit Leads. These post holders are taking the lead across Local Government to plan around changes resulting from the UK leaving the EU (as and when that may happen)


Following the post September changes we are currently focusing on the MAT structures, parent and child relationships and generally trying to reflect the changing educational landscape.


We have significantly increased the coverage of our Hospital Doctors on the Oscar database. These can now be profiled by both specialism and specialist interests. We are now working on expanding our primary care data and looking at details and updating new NHS structures to include STP/ICS info. More to follow next time on that.



Geo based Data Feeds

Combining our own live database of all Public Service organisations and their management and political post holders with Geographic, ONS, Government and Regulatory data to build bespoke data feeds which identify and provide the right organisations and stakeholders based on any geographical locations or boundaries. Intended to feed into clients existing systems and save hours of desk and telephone research time and the management of multiple disparate datasets.

To see more click here



We have recently published a new funding and structure chart. This shows at a high level the organisations, flow of funding and relationships across the UK Government and Public Services.

No cost for this, just for general edification.Please have a look here

Still with me? – I hope that’s enough to occupy everyone until our next Newsletter in December.

Meantime, keep warm and well!

James and team at Oscar.

#20 – Local Government Elections

Hello to one and all.

We’re pleased (nay, relieved!) to say that all the updates are now completed following the May 2nd 2019 Local Elections. Our Local Government team ‘love’ May and especially this year as it saw elections for the largest number of seats (40%) across the 4 year election cycle, so hats off to them for the three week turn around, especially given the large number of newly elected Councillors.

Some stats and data visualisations about the political landscape within Local Government can be seen here courtesy of our live Local Authority Political Analysis (LAPA) Report.

Just over 8600 Seats were up for election and there was a significant level of change with nearly 3800 newly elected Councillors now in post. Politically, there was a significant swing away from the Conservatives, both in terms of Council Control and Numbers of Seats, towards the Lib Dems and Independents. Screen grabs from our political report highlight this quite well:

Council Control

Number of Seats

The above can be dynamically interrogated via the report link.

We will shortly be adding an updated district level map of the UK showing Council Control and intend to keep an archive from previous years for comparison.

Beyond Local Elections, the European Elections have just taken place (results due Sunday 26th of May) and we will be updating the Oscar database accordingly as the results are know.

Two new Political parties have been added to the database: Change UK and the Brexit Party, with the appropriate members given the new affiliations – those with MP/Lord subscriptions will now see these in their feeds.

That’s probably enough Political updates for the moment; save to say, those with Councillor subscriptions should take updates at the earliest opportunity to ensure the latest data is reflected, particularly given the level of change this time.

For more information about the elections, councillors, Oscar or anything else that may be consuming your cerebrum, just give us a shout.

James and all at Oscar.

#19 – Local Gov and Political Changes

A spring like hello to everyone

As part of the warp and weft of our ongoing research there are a few stand out changes we felt worthy of a mention.

Local Government Re-organisation.

In April this year there are some Local Authority organisational changes taking place. 5 new councils are being created to replace 15 current councils across Dorset, Somerset and Suffolk.  In Somerset and Suffolk these are three pairs of Non Met Districts Councils merging to create single larger entities. In Dorset, the County Council and it’s Districts along with 2 current Unitaries merging into 2 new unitary councils to cover all of Dorset. To see a table of the new and old councils, please click here – https://www.oscar-research.co.uk/documents/LocalGovtChanges19.pdf


MP’s and general Brexit machinations

As per significant media coverage; there has been a bit of movement with Members of Parliament. With resignations and notably changes of political affiliation away from mainstream parties to Indy [sic] and other shuffling. We are reflecting these changes in the live Oscar database as we go. We might of course expect a few more twists and turns before and after the end of March! – for those consuming this dataset, regular updates come recommended…

New Data Driven Reports

We are pleased to launch 2 new data reports, details as follows:

Schools Data Report

The Schools report is driven by our own live Schools database. Providing a dynamic control panel with filters by combinations of School type, size, name, funding status, parent body and area. Including live counts and graphical chart visualisations and Ofsted results across various areas and parent organisations.

Care Homes Data Report

The Care Homes report is driven by our own live Care Homes and Groups database. Providing a dynamic control panel with filters by combinations of Home type, size, name, funding status, parent body and area. Including live counts and graphical chart visualisations.

(Those with corresponding database subscriptions can have these reports added to their customer area free of charge.)

That’s probably about it for the moment and will be back to wax lyrical on the latest goings on in Oscar and across our cherished Public Services.

Best regards to everyone

James and all at Oscar.

#18 – Customer Guide and Xmas

Hello lovely customer, users, enquirers, colleagues and anybody else with a passing interest in Oscar.

It’s cold, dark and generally pretty grey, which must mean Christmas is around the corner!

Before we shut up shop for another year, a few bits to update you all on.

New Customer Area and Product Guide.


To follow on from a lot of development and new services and features, we’ve finally gotten round to putting together a guide for our customers and subscribers. –



We’ve gone Secure

Well, we always were secure, but now we have a ‘S’ in our HTTPS address for the website and associated data services. This doesn’t affect much of what we deliver, but for anyone taking data via our API it may be necessary to get a new link via the customer area – helpfully, full details of how to get this is in the guide above – joined up thinking eh!?

2019 and beyond

We’re busily planning the next decade for Oscar this end, which will see us continue to build on the new services and sites we have launched over the past couple of years as well as adding a number of new ones. 2019 should be an exciting year as we start our focus on extending our data, intelligence and fulfillment services. As ever, we welcome all user feedback on what we do and what else we can do for you.

Xmas Shutdown

Our data and subscription services will continue running (of course) over the festive period, but our offices will be closed from the end of Friday December 21st until the start of Wednesday Jan 2nd (2019).

In case we don’t get chance before, I’d like to thank everyone for their support and business over 2018 and we look forward to working with you into 2019 and beyond.

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all!

James, Adam, Becky, Richard, Allen, Geoff, Alan, Natalie, Sheryl, Sue, Alison, Mel, Claire,  Nicola, Ali, John, Shan, Eirian, Keri and everyone else at Oscar.

#17 – Some New Things

A warm hello to everyone.

We have all been rather busy this end with the launch of our new PSN website and a number of new services and stuff on the data side.

Without further ado and in no particular order, please have a gander at the following:

(Here’s a list first so, if time is short, you can skip down to the bits of most interest)

  1. New Customer Analysis and Potential (CAP) Report
  2. New PSN Media Pack
  3. Updated Local Authority Political Analysis (LAPA) Report
  4. Schools Data Visualisation
  5. New PSN Website
  6. New Oscar Customer Area


1. New Customer Analysis and Potential (CAP) Report 

We take your current Public Sector customer and prospect records and tell you exciting and interesting things about them, as well as revealing lots of data enhancements and new data potential to be gleaned from our rather lovely database. Want to know more about your Public Sector customers and get more of them? – take a tour of a sample report here

Copy of CAP Template Final

2. New PSN Media Pack

To go with our new website (more on that below) we have compiled a new media pack. Choc full of exciting advertising, content and sponsorship options for all you Public Sector bodies and suppliers out there. Have a look

PSN Media Pack First Draft

3. Updated Local Authority Political Analysis (LAPA) Report

Want to know the political make-up of your council? – see the trends of political representation across parties, areas and council types, then take a peek at our live report (we also build data driven reports, if that tickles your fancy do get in touch).


4. Schools Data Visualisation

Want to see our Schools data in a whole new way? – we did; so we put together the first of a set of data visualisations and reports that we will be compiling for each area of Government. This one shows all Schools on a google map and a dynamic control panel for selecting and seeing volumes of schools by type, area and parent organisation. Handy eh!? – have a look


5. New PSN Website

After a lot of development time, we have launched our updated Public Sector Network (PSN) website. The largest free data, news and information platform in the UK (so far as we know anyway). We have taken the best of the old site and added some spit and polish to make everything look a little nicer. I could wax lyrical about the 6000 articles, the complete directory of Government and all the features and benefits for both Public Sector users and suppliers (see the media pack for some of those), but it might be easier just to have a look (yes, we know, the supplier directory isn’t on the public part of the site yet – it will be soon though!).


6. New Oscar Customer Area

Last (and by no means least), we have taken the opportunity of a major back-end system update to refresh our Oscar customer area . Many of you may be glad to know that we haven’t changed what you could do before, but instead, we have just added more things. Including;

Access to PSN Subscriber accounts and functionality
API links included for all data subscribers.
Access to Organisational Data Subscriptions
Access to download Documents, Reports and Files we have created for you.
Access to links and downloads of bespoke Maps and Directory feeds.

So if you’re one of the lucky ones and have an account with us, of any kind, log in and have a gander.



Still with me? – well, I think that’s about it for now – phew!….that said, there are many updates to tell you about across the core Oscar database with major changes afoot within the NHS, Local Government, Central Government…….etc etc – but we can tell you all about those another time.

For the moment, we’re happy to just get the details of the shiney new things out there and are here to discuss anything you may need on the Public Sector data front as and when you need us.

All the best from James and all at Oscar


#16 – GDPR / Elections / New Things

A sunny hello from the English Riviera, where, just for a few days, it has actually been sunny!

Some updates and notifications of note for both some and all of our data subscribers and users.


Yep, everyone’s favourite subject at the moment.

For those that haven’t yet seen it, we have a Q&A relating to Oscar and the usage of our data beyond May 25th 2018 at – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/OscarandGDPR.pdf

The most important thing to be compliant is to take (at least) monthly updates of your data selections with us and follow our terms of usage (I’m sure everyone was doing that already of course!). Simple as that.

So, if you have a live subscription and haven’t taken an update recently, please log-in and take one. We have a number of ways for you to access and receive updates, including our new API (we do try and make things easy). Please see – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/databases/oscardatadelivery.pdf  – plus we are here as needed to help streamline and automate the process as needed.

If you have mislaid, forgotten or the dog has eaten your access details, just let us know.

The ICO have also published some useful guidance for B2B marketing here – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/marketing/the-rules-around-business-to-business-marketing-the-gdpr-and-pecr/


May rolls around fast – or so it seems for those of us with lots of post election work to do anyway. Updates for all Councillor and Mayor elections are well under way and will be completed before the end of May. This year 150 councils went had partial or complete elections and there were 5 mayoral elections. You can watch the changes and see the latest via our publicly available LAPA report – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/data-intelligence/LAPA


In April this year we acquired one of our data partners – Lists and Data Sources. This brings with it a range of new services and some jolly nice people too. We will be working through the integration of services over the coming months. This broadens Oscars offering to now include Business and International data brokerage, Campaign Management, Fulfillment and a number of other data enhancement, matching, cleansing, audit and reporting services. More to come on this during 2018/19.

That’s about it for the (at the time of finishing writing; now less sunny) Torquay. We have lots of things we’re working on this end and will compile informative missives accordingly.

Best regards from James and all at Oscar

#14 – Happy Christmas and a few other things

Hello one and all.

‘Tis the season to wish all customers, enquirers, colleagues, friends and pretty much everyone else a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2018. Thank you for everyone’s support and business over 2017! – we’re here until Friday 22nd (so only 6 more ordering days to go – best be quick!) and back Jan 2nd  2018.

It’s been an interesting year all told, with lots of changes to track across the NHS and Central Government in particular. Not to mention a substantial Local Government election (May is always fun here!) and higher than usual set of changes there and, who can forget the General Election. All sufficient to keep our hard working researchers busy and engaged. It would be remiss not to also mention the extra work and developments we’ve made across the Care Homes database in terms of both Home coverage and group structures and the Schools with the mapping of Academies to MAT’s.

The Oscar team is looking forward to 2018, which will see a bright shiny new version of our Public Sector facing platform( PSN – www.public-sector.co.uk) in the early part of the year, along with a host of exciting new features for users and promotional opportunities for suppliers. We are also looking to continue to keep at the leading edge of data delivery with smarter data provision, feeds and sharing.

Whilst I’m here, a few noteworthy things that would have been in the Oct/Nov updates if I’d have got round to writing them:



Our boffins have now completed the API delivery mechanism thingy for Oscar data subscribers. In essence, we can now provide all subscribers with a magic URL which will provide a direct feed of your selections and can be plumbed into your CRM/Database (probably with the help of someone that knows their PHP from their AJAX). This warrants a message (and will get one) all on it’s own, but hey it’s nearly Christmas, and I’m sure everyone will care just a bit more in January. Meantime though, one of the team will be happy to talk to you more about this if you just can’t wait.




So, still lots of things going on across the National Health Service. The core and driver of all developments in England being the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) and the development and rolling out of the new Models of Care. To help the less initiated get to grips with this, we have published a couple of new diagrams on the website to, hopefully, provide a little enlightenment.

Diagram showing those involved with the planning and delivery of the Models of Care – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/documents/NHS%20Models%20of%20Care%20Flow.pdf

Diagram showing the main Commissioners, Providers and Services across the NHS in England – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/documents/NHS%20England%20CPS.pdf

These are now also available within our archive along with some alluvial diagrams I’ve been playing with – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/data-intelligence/archive



No need I’m sure to explain the acronym. Been a fairly newsworthy piece of legislation for our industry. For the bits that matter to Oscar and our customers please have a gander at our Q&A – http://www.oscar-research.co.uk/OscarandGDPR.pdf


So that’s about it from us for 2017. We wish you and yours a happy, restful and enjoyable festive season and we look forward to working with you all in 2018!!


James, Ulrik, Adam, Becky, Allen, Geoff, Alan, Natalie, Zoe, Sheryl, Sue, Alison, Mel, Claire,  Nicola, Ali, John, Shan, Eirian, Keri and everyone else at Oscar.