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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.

The NMDS-SC is being replaced by the new Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set service. The NMDS-SC has been in place for 12 years and the system needs updating. As the data it produces is highly valued, the Department of Health and Social Care has commissioned us to develop and manage the new service and provide expert analysis on the adult social care workforce. 

The NMDS-SC closed on 18 July 2019 so all the data can be migrated to the new ASC Workforce Data Set. Account holders will receive an email when their data has been successfully migrated and they’re able to access their ASC Workforce Data Set account. We’ve already migrated many employers, with the remainder being done throughout mid-August. Users will be able to log into the new service with their existing user name and password so there’s no action for users to take.

Please note: registration of new accounts will be available towards the end of August once all existing NMDS-SC accounts have been successfully migrated. When you have created your account you'll then be able to complete your Workforce Development Fund declaration form.

All ASC Workforce Data Set updates will be published on the dedicated web page.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however it is necessary to allow us to perform a managed shut down of the NMDS-SC and ensure a safe and successful migration to the new service.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new and much improved ASC Workforce Data Set service. 

If you have any questions about your NMDS-SC/ASC Workforce Data Set account, please contact our support team on 0113 241 0969.


What does the NMDS-SC/ASC Workforce Data Set tell us?

The NMDS-SC/ASC Workforce Data Set 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. 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 the service?

  • Employers use it 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 it 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 data.