Expert adult social care insight

Skills for Care is the leading source of workforce intelligence for adult social care in England.

We’re commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to collect data on adult social care providers and their workforce in the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care
(NMDS-SC). For over ten years we have turned this data into intelligence and insight that's relied upon by the Government and our sector. 

Understanding the size and shape of the sector and the issues affecting it helps us provide evidence to policy and decision makers. Using our workforce intelligence we're able to do this at both a national and local level.  

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Exploring our data

We've started using an interactive tool on our website which allows you to see and understand our workforce data in a more visual way.

The first one allows you to compare over 18 workforce characteristics between multiple local authority areas. 

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Our workforce models allow us to produce estimates of the whole adult social care workforce. 

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What we do

Our offer consists of two distinct areas; 

  1. funded work that allows us to provide free publications, reports and briefings   
  2. reports, intelligence and analysis commissioned specifically by you to meet your requirements.

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We analyse and publish reports to learn more about specific job roles and topics such as pay rates and recruitment and retention issues, which affect the whole sector.

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The NMDS-SC and our sector...

The data we hold on the adult social care workforce and sector is crucial and informs thousands of decisions that affect how care is delivered, who delivers it and what our future looks like.  

We've produced this video to help explain how important the information held within the NMDS-SC is for us all.

Who we work with


We’ve worked with a number of research and data consultancies, supplying key sector data and valuable sector insight.


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On a local level, we’ve provided a complete view of adult social care, integration with health, future forecasting, the economic contribution of adult social care and the impact of differing national minimum wage rates for local authorities across England.

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Our data and expertise has helped secure research funding bids and will be of interest to universities, research institutions and think tanks who specialise in social work, health care, social policy, economics, labour market intelligence and more.

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There are many benefits to gaining insight into your business and workforce. The NMDS-SC is not only an online data collection system for all social care employers, it also allows you to view your own data and to benchmark your business and workforce.

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We provide data, intelligence and adult social care insight to Health Education England, Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas, Transforming Care Partnerships, Pioneer sites and Vanguard sites to ensure that our sector is represented.

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Find out how you can use our expertise, data and understanding of the adult social care workforce

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