To set up an account you just need to enter a few basic details about you and your workplace.
When you have an account and are logged in, you'll be able to:
- edit your workplace information
- edit user accounts
- add/update worker records
- add/access your training data, as well as edit it and add new training and qualifications
- use bulk upload
- check your eligibility for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) by running a report from your account
- view the WDF eligibility of all your workplaces in one view if you're a larger organisation through your 'Parent WDF report'.
We’re listening to user feedback coming in via the links at the top of each page in the service. Based on your feedback, our top three priorities are:
- sorting - the ability to sort your staff records alphabetically
- training expiry - you’ll see a flag to show where training has expired or will shortly expire
- training report - we’re working on designs to show you what training and qualifications each worker has along with the ability to download that information. We’re testing these designs with users before moving into the build phase.
Training and qualifications
We’re also designing a new area within the service for training and qualifications information. Feedback shows us that users really value this aspect of the service. We’re looking at defining and reporting against mandatory training, showing which qualifications are eligible for WDF, the ability to filter staff records based on different criteria, the ability to use your information as evidence for CQC and other valuable features.
Other features and tools will be developed over time. This will include using data visualisation to show you your data in an easy-to-use format to help you benchmark your services and shine a light on specific workforce issues such as recruitment and retention, worker demographics, etc.
The workforce is key to adult social care as it’s crucial to the quality of care experienced, the success of care providers and the funding needed. So, it’s important we understand the workforce and the issues affecting it.
The government, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other sector stakeholders all need access to high quality adult social care workforce information. The ASC WDS is where they come to get it.
It’s in the interests of all care providers to ensure the government and local authorities are making decisions using the best possible evidence base. There are over 20,000 care locations in the ASC-WDS providing data on over 700,000 care staff.
These providers see the need to provide that evidence. In doing so they open a range of benefits to their own organisation, including being able to access money for qualifications and learning programmes through the Workforce Development Funding (WDF).
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 and how people are using it.