Discover the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set

There are currently over 20,000 care providers using the ASC-WDS service

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is an online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England.  The data collected is vital to the Government, the Department for Health and Social Care, local authorities and the Care Quality Commission as it allows them to plan, fund and monitor the sector. 

The service helps care providers run their business and manage their staff training needs. It can also provide access to the Workforce Development Fund, a valuable source of funding for staff training.

Create an ASC-WDS account  

Create an account. Once your details have been validated by Skills for Care, you can start to add your workplace information and staff records.


Why is workforce data so important? 

In this video. sector leaders and experts discuss why workforce data is important to the sector and their organisation and how they use the ASC-WDS service. Hear from:

  • Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, CQC
  • Ian Turner, Executive Chair of Registered Nursing Home Association
  • Isaac Samuels, Individual employer
  • Marc Greenwood, ADASS West Midlands Workforce Lead
  • Jane Townson, Chief Executive of UK Homecare Association
  • Vic Rayner, CEO, National Care Forum


Why should you open an ASC-WDS account? 

As well as providing crucial data that informs policy decisions, care providers and registered managers often tell us how useful they find the service for recording and accessing information.

Get started with your account today and take advantage of the benefits and features.

NEW! ASC-WDS Benefits Bundle

New and existing users of the service now have access to special offers and discounts across our products including:

  • 10% off Values-based interviewing bespoke seminars
  • 10% off Valuable conversations bespoke seminars
  • 10% off registered manager membership
  • 10% off digital learning for managers modules
  • Funded essential training.

See benchmarks that show how your business is performing

Benchmark your workplace against others offering the same service in your local authority area. Access information about how your service is performing on workforce metrics such as staff turnover, care worker pay and staff sickness. This feature is currently only available for CQC regulated care homes with nursing, care only homes and domiciliary care providers, but will be extended to others over time.

Record your training and qualifications data  

Search, record and manage mandatory training by job role and get alerted to make updates and fill gaps in your training. Training reports also help you to evidence that you’re fully up to date with your staff training during inspections.

Provide intelligence to decision makers such as Government, DHSC and local authorities 

The workforce is central to the adult social care sector. It determines the quality of care experienced, the success of care providers and the funding needed. So it’s vital that we understand the workforce and the issues affecting it.

Get access to the Workforce Development Fund

Check and update your data so that it meets the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) requirements. You can then claim funding towards training and qualifications for your staff.

Store and access key information about your staff

Create individual staff records that store personal details and other information, and access them all in one place.


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How we use the data 

Our workforce intelligence team work with the data collected in ASC-WDS to share intelligence and insight into the sector. They produce data and publications that help identify what the adult social care workforce in England looks like today and what it might look like in the future.

They also work closely with DHSC and have provided data to help them understand:

  • the implications of Brexit on the social care workforce
  • the impact of changes to the National Living Wage
  • the number of flu and COVID-19 vaccines needed in the sector.