Jan 17

Major Research project uses data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care

Posted on Thursday 26th January 2017

Throughout 2017/18, Skills for Care will be involved in an extensive research project using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) being led by Professor Karen Spilsbury of the University of Leeds.

Skills for Care analysts from their Workforce Intelligence team will be part of a project team also involving Newcastle University, UEA, City University London, the University of Surrey and Bupa UK that were successful in their bid following a call for evidence from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).The NIHR asked for bids focused on the Relationship between care home staffing and quality of care and competition was stiff.

Skills for Care’s work will involve modelling and testing relationships between care quality, as measured by CQC inspection and the establishment and workforce characteristics of care and nursing homes. This project will draw on care home data and workforce characteristics from the NMDS-SC.

Care quality outcomes will be modelled as functions of the staffing resources of the homes while accounting for resident characteristics and the organisational and workforce characteristics of the care homes. NMDS-SC respondents can be assured that all their data will remain anonymised throughout the project.

Dave Griffiths, Programme Head at Skills for Care, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this project as it's a very practical and focused  use of NMDS-SC data and it’s great to be working with some of the leading universities in the country. It underlines the value and trust leading academics have in NMDS-SC data as well as in our highly skilled analytical team in Workforce Intelligence’.