Discover NMDS-SC

Adult social care workforce information

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is an online data collection service about the adult social care workforce in England. It’s the leading source of workforce information for the whole adult social care sector. 

Social care employers open accounts and enter worker information into NMDS-SC. Access your account here.

What does it tell us?

The NMDS-SC includes how many workers there are in adult social care in England, what types of jobs they do, where they’re based and what sort of service they work in, amongst many other things.   

There are over 22,000 care providing locations and 700,000 worker records registered so far on NMDS-SC. Thanks to our account holders, we have a very accurate picture of what’s happening in our sector.

Visit our dedicated workforce intelligence webpage to see what the data is telling us.

Who uses it?

  • Employers use NMDS-SC to record information about their workers. They can track training records, plan how many workers they need and use it to compare their business to other care providers locally or nationally. 
  • Local authorities use NMDS-SC to better plan and support the services in their area. Every local authority enters their data into NMDS-SC.
  • Government and other strategic bodies use our anonymised workforce information to make informed decisions about the adult social care sector.
  • Skills for Care - we publish a range of reports, shorter briefings and infographics to share what we know about the sector. Take a look at what we know here.
  • Anyone who's interested in adult social care data such as universities, researchers, policymakers, economists and students can access publicly available reports using aggregated  NMDS-SC data.


Log into your account here.

If you don’t yet have an account, register here and one of our team will be in touch. You can also contact our support team on 0113 241 0969.

See what the data is telling us here


The NMDS-SC has been in place for 12 years and the system needs updating. As the data it produces is highly valued and constantly used, the Department for Health and Social Care has commissioned us to develop and manage the new service and provide expert analysis on the adult social care workforce.

This updated service is known as the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC Workforce Data Set). Find out more.