Mar 17

10 years of the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care

Posted on Monday 27th March 2017

Skills for Care is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) going online that now provides gold standard intelligence for the growing adult social care workforce.

NMDS-SC collects information and offers analysis and insight on the adult social care workforce. From a zero base in 2007 the dataset now contains anonymised data from over 22,000 care establishments and almost three quarters of a million individual workers.  

NMDS-SC data is used to help make informed decisions based on solid data about social care by a wide array of organisations including the Department of Health, Health Education England, research organisations and universities.

Employers with up to date accounts become eligible to access Workforce Development Funding to support the learning and development needs of their workforce. They also use their dashboards to benchmark themselves against others in the sector as they develop their business plan and to help them make informed decisions about their workforce.

Throughout 2017/18, Skills for Care analysts will form a key part of a research team - using data from the NMDS-SC – that is being led by Professor Karen Spilsbury of the University of Leeds.

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Adult social care was once described as a ‘data desert’ but since the NMDS-SC went online a decade ago we now have a very clear picture of the size and structure of a sector that employs 1.43 people across England contributing at least £40 billion to the English economy.

“It is also an opportunity for us to thank all the employers who have worked with us over the years because without them providing their data then we wouldn’t have made the progress we have over the last 10 years.”

To find out more about how NMDS-SC can help your organisation go to the NMDS-SC.