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.