Discover the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is an online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England. 

Take a look at our brand new video which explains how you can use ASC-WDS and how important the data is for our sector.

The data collected within the service is vital to the Government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in helping them plan, fund and monitor the sector. 

The service also helps care providers run their business and understand their staff training needs, as well as being able to access valuable funding for staff training. 

There are currently over 20,000 care providers using the service. 

This platform is fantastic, so much more user friendly. Recent user feedback

This is the first time I have visited the new site and I found it very easy to use - thank you! Recent user feedback

How do I sign up to the ASC-WDS service?

Setting up an ASC-WDS account is quick and easy. If you have any problems you can contact our support team.

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What are the benefits of ASC-WDS? 

There are many benefits for care providers who use the ASC-WDS service including accessing WDF.

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What do we use the data within ASC-WDS for?

Data collected in ASC-WDS provides insight into our sector for the Government and other decision makers.

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Everything you need to know about ASC-WDS 


Creating a ASC-WDS account  

You can create an account with just a few basic details about your workplace. Once your details have been checked and approved, you can start to add your workplace and staff records.

If you have any problems setting up your account, please contact our support team for help. |    0113  241  0969


Benefits of using ASC-WDS

As well as providing invaluable data to inform policy decisions, we regularly speak with care providers and registered managers who tell us how useful they find the service to record and access key information, from staff records to training information. To help get you thinking about how you can use it to help support your service, we’ve provided an outline of its key features: 

Store and access key information about your staff in one place 

ASC-WDS allows you to create individual staff records documenting personal details and other details which you can access all in one place.

Access to Workforce Development Fund

View your Workforce Development Fund (WDF) report to check whether you're able to claim funding towards training and qualifications, or if you need to update any information to claim funding.

Use it as a record of your training and qualifications data  

The service allows you to search, record and manage mandatory training by job role and get alerts when you need to update training or you have gaps in your mandatory training. The training reports within the service also help you to evidence you are fully up-to-date with your  staff training during inspection. 

                  Understand how your business is performing with benchmarking functionality

This new functionality allows users to benchmark themselves against those offering the same service in the same local authority area. You can see at-a-glance information on how your service is performing on key workforce metrics including staff turnover, care worker pay and staff sickness. Initially this benchmarking will be available for CQC regulated care homes, care homes with nursing and domiciliary care providers, but this will be extended over time.

Help the sector by providing key intelligence to decision makers such as Government, DHSC and local authorities 

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.



What do we use the data for? 

Our workforce intelligence team work with the data collected in the ASC Workforce Data Set to share intelligence and insight into the sector. They produce key reports and publications which help us understand what the adult social care workforce in England looks like today and what it might look like in the future.

We also work closely with DHSC and have recently provided data to help them to:

  • understand the implications of Brexit on the social care workforce
  • understand the impacts of changes to the National Living Wage
  • understand the levels of vaccines needed in the sector including the flu vaccination.