News and event updates brought to you by CSL.

13 Mar

Power BI – What new features have Microsoft given us in March 2018

Power BI update Here is some information on what’s new in Microsoft’s latest release of Power BI Custom Tool-tips Ordinarily, a simple tool-tip is provided when hovering over visualisations, but with the latest March release, developers can now create bespoke additional visualisations that appear and filter automatically depending on what you’re focusing on. The ability to create… Read more »

06 Mar
Award winner

CSL = Best of Business Intelligence

Best of Business Intelligence CSL are proud to announce they have been shortlisted as finalists for two British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association (BHBIA), Best of Business Intelligence (BOBI) awards. These shortlisting recognise the hard work and excellence delivered by CSL and it’s employees on a daily basis and we are look forward to the awards… Read more »

28 Feb

CSL rise above the competition at SQL bits 2018

CSL were proud to sponsor the recent SQLBits conference at London Olympia.  SQLBits is the largest SQL Server conference in Europe for data professionals, led by Microsoft Data Platform experts. Born out of the hunger to share the latest developments, solutions and best practice, whilst forming a network of data professionals behind some of the most… Read more »

12 Dec
Emerald City CSL

Off to see the Wizards in Emerald City – PASS Summit 2017

No, this isn’t an article about the Wizard of Oz, rather it is a review of a recent trip to the Emerald City – more formerly known as Seattle, WA – for a week of conferences at PASS Summit 2017. I have been an active and enthusiastic member of the SQL community for around 5… Read more »

08 Dec
Award winner

Award Winning Employee

BHBIA Award winner CSL are proud to announce that Lee Ronan has been awarded the BHBIA Outstanding Contribution Award for 2017.   This announcement was made at the BHBIA Winter seminar held on Friday 1st December in London. This award recognises those members who have ‘gone the extra mile’ for the benefit of the BHBIA membership. “I… Read more »

13 Nov

GDPR Workshop

GDPR Workshop CSL would like to thank all of our customers that attended our GDPR workshop last week.  We hope you all had a good time and look forward to working with all of you over the next 6 months to ensure all of our systems are fully compliant. Although we had almost 30 attendees… Read more »

17 Oct
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Britain could face ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse’

The antibiotic challenge: You may have seen the recent article in the papers (, or heard the interviews on the Radio, too much use of antibiotics means we could all be doomed! A post-antibiotics apocalypse as Prof Dame Sally Davies says. Now I am no expert on apocalypses but they do not sound very nice… Read more »

22 Sep

CSL bag another award

CSL are proud to announce that they have won another award:- Best Healthcare Business Intelligence Company – UK “It’s a great honour to win this award, and adds to a nice collection that we have built up over the past 25 years of business.  The team at CSL put in an enormous amount of work ensuring… Read more »

19 Jul

CSL continues to expand

The CSL team continues to grow with a number of new starters in the recent weeks:- Robert Crockford joined the Business Solutions team in a new role as BI Consultant.  Rob is a visualisation specialist and will be involved in the continual development of the look and feel of our customer solutions. Daniel Mulvihill joined the Business Solutions… Read more »

17 Mar

The Price is Right?

Introduction Pharmaceutical drug pricing has not had the best of press over the recent months (Not that it ever really gets positive press!).  With a couple of companies receiving fines relating to price increases (Telegraph article), and the recent article about cancer drugs increasing in price after their patent expiry (BBC article) the saying ‘No… Read more »

13 Feb

Incite – CSL’s newsletter

Incite Following the recent distribution of CSL’s new newsletter (Incite) i thought i would share with you the highlights:- Rx Alerts – Intelligent actionable insights Did you know each month there are over 22m new pieces of data in the primary care prescribing dataset? If you are sharing reports with your field-based teams they are… Read more »

07 Feb

West Kent CCG – An alternative solution

West Kent CCG made the national press last week with the news that in an attempt to save money it was delaying non-urgent operations:- “West Kent clinical commissioning group is trying to save £3.2m by delaying non-urgent operations until new financial year” Moving £3.2m from this year to next year isn’t really saving money, more… Read more »

09 Jan
Data Factory - too many slices

Azure Data Factory – Can you have too many slices?

Can you have too many slices? If I was talking about pizza or cake, then the answer would most definitely be no! But how about when it comes to Azure Data Factory? In Azure Data Factory, each unit of data consumed and produced by an activity run is called a data slice. The diagram below… Read more »

15 Nov

CSL – Business Intelligence Solutions – award winners

CSL are proud to announce that they have won an award:- Best in Healthcare Business Intelligence Solutions – UK Small businesses form the backbone of our corporate landscape. Despite often being overlooked in favour of bigger names, these firms provide much needed support and services to the communities they operate in, and as such deserve… Read more »

07 Nov

Enterprise Data and BI Conference Europe 2016

CSL are proud to be sponsoring the Enterprise Data and BI Conference Europe 2016.  At this event we will be talking to delegates about our new SQL expert service designed to supplement your in-house BI team and provide the expert resource you need thoughtout the year. About the event The Enterprise Data and BI Conference Europe… Read more »

07 Sep
WOL 2016

World of learning 2016 – See you there?

CSL are sponsoring the World of Learning 2016 in October at the NEC Birmingham, will you be there? At the event we will be showcasing our eCoach and ORDIT products:- eCoach is a coaching and development app used throughout the world to improve the skills and motivation of employees. It can be used to coach… Read more »

02 Sep

Finding Out How the Scandinavians Do It at #SQLSatGothenburg

As an active member of the SQL Community I like to get to a number of user groups and conferences throughout the year. It gives me the opportunity to find out what’s new – new ways of doing things, new features, new techniques, even new technologies – as well as mixing with other SQL professional… Read more »

01 Sep

CSL are award winners!

CSL are proud to announce that they have won an award:- Best for Healthcare Company Growth Data Analytics 2016 “It’s a great honour to win this award which recognises the hard work the team here at CSL put in on a daily basis” said Lee Ronan, Commercial Director. The healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry is as… Read more »

24 Aug

Seven day NHS pledge faces ‘staff shortages’

A confidential review of government plans for a seven-day NHS in England has identified 13 risks, according to the Guardian and Channel 4 News. These include concerns over a shortage of doctors and other health staff. The leaked risk register was drawn up by the Department of Health, and sets out a series of possible… Read more »

10 Aug

CSL promotions

CSL would like to congratulate the following employees in their recent promotions:- Katrina Mottley Katrina has been promoted to the position of “Senior Customer Services Executive” in recognition of the growth of her role in supporting some of our key customers, and the value she delivers to the project development team Zoe Stovell Zoe has… Read more »

05 Aug

ISO 27001 audit passed with flying colours

CSL have recently passed their annual ISO 27001 security audit.  The BSI’s auditor concluded “I am pleased to recommend ongoing certification to the ISO 27001 international standard for information security. The Organisation is commended in that it surpasses other organisations of similar size and complexity in their commitment and application of sound principles and practices… Read more »

15 Jul

CSL new starters

CSL would like to announce the following new starters:- Nick Fry Nick joins our operations team as ‘Business intelligence consultant’.  Nick will work on our new SQL Expert service providing SQL support to customers across a variety of industries. Matthew Broadbent Matt joins our project development team as ‘Graduate Project Developer’.  Matt with support a… Read more »

24 Jun

BHBIA webinar – changing landscape for HES

CSL facilitated the BHBIA webinar – “changing landscape for HES” This webinar will explain in the current climate, what can and cannot be done with HES data (pseudonymised hospital patient data). The current climate is a product of the concern of patients and the public in the use of personal health data and the reflection of… Read more »

15 Jun

BHBIA Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sales Research & Analytics – 2016

Once again CSL presented at the BHBIA Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sales Research & Analytics training course.  On day 2 Lee Ronan from CSL co-convened as well as presenting the targeting & segmentation session.  “It is always a great honour to be asked by the BHBIA to present at one of their newcomer training courses” said Lee.… Read more »

06 Jan

Positive formulary, an essential KPI or a misleading metric?

Logic suggests getting on formulary or improving your guidelines within the formulary is essential for success. Whether you are getting ready to launch your new brand, or looking to improve sales of your existing brands you probably have a KPI looking at the number of positive formularies achieved and targets to grow them.

18 Aug

Will you be at the World of Learning 2015 conference?

CSL are proud to be sponsoring the World of Learning 2015 conference, one of the premium learning, development & coaching conferences in the world.  To reserve your place go to At our booth we will be showcasing our app eCoach, the number 1 web app for coaching and development of you customer facing teams. … Read more »

18 Jun

Eyeforpharma Patient Summit Europe 2015: RWD – Will the Promise be Fulfilled?

In his thought piece for the Eyeforpharma Patient Summit Europe 2015, Simon Brander discusses the challenges around access to & the collection of real world data (RWD) from a UK and European perspective. RWD and data-driven healthcare has been heralded as the next big thing in healthcare however, there are some real barriers emerging and pharma needs to… Read more »

15 Apr

GP services face ‘retirement crisis’

GP services are facing a crisis, with a third of doctors considering retirement in the next five years, a British Medical Association poll suggests. The survey of more than 15,000 UK GPs also found over a quarter were considering working part-time. And one in 10 said they were thinking about moving abroad. BMA GP leader… Read more »

23 Feb

Is the NHS is doing more harm than good by approving expensive drugs?

The NHS price threshold for drugs that give a year of good-quality life should be lowered to prevent other patients missing out, argue researchers at the University of York. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a threshold of up to £30,000 for a drug that gives a patient a year of good-quality life. But… Read more »

12 Nov

NHS spend on medicines in increases to £14.4 billion

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have announced today that the NHS spent £14.4 billion on medicine over the last complete financial year. Hospital use accounted for 40.1 per cent of the total cost, up from 37.5 per cent in 2012-13, and the overall cost of medicines rose by 7.6 per cent overall but by 15.1… Read more »

29 Oct

‘Devastating impact’ of NHS blunders revealed in ombudsman’s report

Investigations reveal mistakes including incorrect discharges and failings in diagnosis of cancer Cases revealed by the NHS ombudsman included a man who had a fatal heart attack and stroke after staff failed to say he was at risk. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian The NHS has committed a catalogue of blunders that have had… Read more »

18 Sep

NICE encourages review of new drug adoption

After a six month consultation with a whole spectrum of healthcare professionals, patients, academics, life sciences professionals and external oragnisations, NICE has found no consensus in how Value-Based assessments should be implemented to assess new breakthrough drugs. NICE are trying to strike a balance between encouraging innovation in medicinal therapy whilst at the same time controlling the… Read more »

20 Aug

How the NHS can deal with soaring drugs prices

National Insitute of Clinical Excellence decisions have sparked debate over funding the spiralling cost of medication Last week the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) ruled that offering abiraterone, demonstrated to extend life by up to four months in advanced prostate cancer, was not cost effective as a treatment when given before chemotherapy. Described as… Read more »

30 Jul

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group (SCOG) announces recent decisions

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group (SCOG) has announced a number of decisions made at its latest meeting. SCOG has operational oversight of specialised commissioning and now, as a result of recent governance changes, receives advice and recommendations from the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG). The group has delegated authority to make decisions on the… Read more »

28 Jul

CreateHealth London – Improve patient outcomes

2 events under 1 roof:- CreateHealth Data 1 ground breaking day focused on understanding and applying open source health data to improve patient outcomes. You will be walked through case studies from the NHS, CCGs, Big Pharma and Retail. From open source integration, to open data as value evidence, there is only 1 date you… Read more »

08 Jul

PharmaTimes Sales Awards 2014

Good luck to all the finalists competing in the PharmaTimes Sales Awards this Thursday at the Sofitel Hotel, London Heathrow. We will be running workshops throughout the day, so come over for a chat.

25 Mar

We are in Barcelona, are you?

CSL are one of the sponsors at europes leading pharma commercial event, EyeforPharma 2014. At our booth (Number 22) in the exhibition hall from Tuesday 18th March through Thursday 20th our friendly staff will be on hand to talk to you and answer your questions about CSL’s solutions. CSL will be showcasing our class leading… Read more »

11 Oct

Beyond the Pill 2013

We hope you enjoyed the conference. Watch the highlights of the Payor panel below. This event was organised by

28 Jun

Value Based Key Account Management 2013

The only pharma meeting created by pharma’s customer With budgets now controlled by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), all agree that KAMs needs to change! Thankfully, NHS and Pharma experts have agreed to map out a framework to clearly and simply adapt to this new model in London on June 11. Click here for more information

17 Apr

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Grove for the BHBIA Annual conference

‘Let me tell you a story’ – On day 2 we will be presenting alongside Merck Serono. Please come along and hear how homecare data can be used to drive compliance and improve patient outcomes.

30 Mar

We were in Barcelona, were you?

CSL are one of the sponsors at europes leading pharma commercial event, EyeforPharma 2013. At our booth in the exhibition hall from Tuesday 19th March through Thursday 21st our friendly staff were on hand to talk to you and answer your questions about CSL’s solutions. CSL were showcasing their class leading KAM app – Kappa… Read more »