NMDS-SC, intelligence, research and innovation

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Workforce development strategy

Enabling employers to meet the new vision and priorities in adult social care


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Size and structure report 2013

A comprehensive overview of the size and structure of the adult social care sector


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Violence report

Evidence on the prevalence of violence against social care and support staff

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Care Worker Pay Briefing

The latest trend briefing from NMDS-SC focuses on hourly rates of pay for care workers in the adult social care sector and presents a range of useful findings.

The social care sector is changing and growing rapidly, which means it’s important that the sector has clear, robust evidence of its size and scale to help reinforce its position as a key employer of workers in the country. 

Social care was once described as a 'data desert' so Skills for Care have invested heavily in sound research that allows the sector to plan based on hard facts not just anecdotal evidence. We undertake a large range of research activity that covers issues relevant to workforce development and service provision within the social care sector. 

Our National Minimum Data Set for Social Care is the recognised leading source of robust workforce intelligence for adult social care and has already signed up more than 26,000 providers and their employees, who are helping us to produce rich data that will inform future planning for 1.6 million adult care staff. 

This section contains innovative tools and resources developed with employers that help meet the workforce development needs of the sector now and in the future. 

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The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care

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