To set up an account you just need to enter a few basic details about you and your workplace.
When you've created your account and are logged in, you'll be able to input and update staff records as well as checking your eligibility for the Workforce Development Fund. The service will show whether you're eligible or if you need to update any information to claim funding.
The training and qualifications section of the service helps you manage staff training and development, helping you identify where staff need refresher training so you can make informed decisions about what to commission from learning providers. This ‘one-stop-shop’ for training and qualifications data means you can keep everything together in one place, and download a report which you can filter by job role, training expiry date and more
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 priorities in terms of what we're building next are:
- the ability to flag what training is mandatory in your workplace
- updating the homepage layout to provide quicker and easier navigation to perform your key tasks.
In our user research / design phase
- Data analytics / data visualisation: providing your data back to you in an easy to understand format with the ability to benchmark your workplaces and workforce.
- How the service can help you populate your CQC Provider Information Return and provide evidence during CQC inspections.
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.