System C Healthcare has acquired Oxford Computer Consultants (OCC), a British IT business specialising in integrated contracts and finance solutions for social care within local government, as well as designing and developing customised software for a broad range of organisations.

OCC supplies solutions to the private and public sectors, including local government and the NHS, leading technology companies and departments of the University of Oxford. OCC also provides consultancy services to a wide range of industries.  

The acquisition will enable System C to expand its portfolio with OCC’s complementary offering and provide enhanced value to existing customers and local authorities.   

System C has a long-standing partnership with OCC. System C’s Liquidlogic Adults’ and Children’s Social Care System shares a seamless integration with OCC’s social care finance solution, ContrOCC, which enables teams to manage contracts, make payments to providers, and collect contributions from users.  

Founded in 1989, OCC employs more than 100 IT professionals and its business is divided into two areas. Its local government software products are used by local authorities, and cover integrated contracts and finance solutions for social care.

This includes one of OCC’s flagship products, ‘MarketPlace’, an intuitive search engine for social care services and information, integrated with NHS Choices, Ofsted, CQC and council case management and finance systems.    

The second part of the business is its custom software division. OCC’s Innovation Delivery team works with clients from a wide range of industries – including healthcare, engineering, business services, and research – to create and evolve custom software from their ideas or early stage development.

Customers include the University of Oxford, Sport England, and AiSentia.  

Providing additional value

The acquisition will enable System C to grow its portfolio with the help of OCC and provide enhanced value to existing customers and local authorities.   

System C chief executive Nick Wilson said: “We’re delighted to welcome OCC to the family. I’m confident that our shared values and complementary capabilities will help us better address the needs of our customers, including the local authorities that we already partner with. I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities together.”  

Nick Warner, managing director of Oxford Computer Consultants, added: “OCC has worked with System C for almost twenty years, so coming together as one business feels like a natural progression.

“We’re excited about the benefits for our customers and employees. As far as our staff goes, there will be even greater potential for career development and learning, and a valuable transfer of expertise between teams. 

“From a customer perspective, we will be able to provide a more streamlined approach for those using OCC and System C solutions, as they will be dealing with a single vendor.

“Being part of System C will enable us to accelerate innovation and development, allowing our teams to create the high-quality, ground-breaking software that they are so passionate about.” 

This is System C’s second acquisition this year. In February, the company said it would add maternity and neonatal specialist Clevermed to its portfolio.