NMDS-SC and workforce data

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Each day, thousands of decisions are made across social care that shape and influence how we deliver care.

Information is used to inform these decisions – whether it’s for future funding, to start an organisational change or about improving quality of care.

We provide sound research and robust data to help empower you to make plans for change based on hard facts - not just anecdotal evidence.

Our research evidence activity covers issues related to developing your workforce and service provision. We publish results in different formats to help you get the best out of it. 

Our National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is an online data collection system which means we are the leading source of workforce data for the adult social care sector in England. It holds information on approx. 22,000 care providing locations and 750,000 workers. The NMDS-SC is being replaced by the new Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set service from August 2019.

Our workforce intelligence team work with the data collected in NMDS-SC to share intelligence and insight into the sector. These pages explain what we do, who we work with and what our data analysis services involve. You can also download key reports and publications. This work is crucial in helping us understand what adult social care workforce in England looks like today and might look like in the future.