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. It was previously known as the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).

It's the leading source of workforce information for the whole adult social care sector. Social care employers open accounts and enter worker information into the ASC-WDS.

I like the user friendly site - it seems a lot clearer to work with. I last updated most staff in November and have found this update much clearer.  Recent user feedback  

Update: 28 January 2020

The ASC-WDS service has been live since mid-August 2019. Go to


NEW - Training Download report 

This Excel format report provides a summary of your staff training and highlights staff who have training that has, or will soon expire.  It’s a useful management tool to ensure your staff training is up to date and helps you plan future training, giving you quick access to relevant information needed before commissioning training from a provider.

 Training download report

New - Transferring Worker Records

You can now move staff members across your organisation from one workplace to another, quickly and easily. We’ve worked with users to design how this important piece of functionality works.


Open an account and join ASC-WDS

To set up an account click here and click on ‘Create an account’.

If you’re having any difficulties logging in or setting up an account, please contact our support team for help, either by email: or call 0113 241 0969.


Why sign up?

Open an account and join the 20,000 workplaces who already use the service.

  • By having an ASC-WDS account you’ll be eligible to claim money towards the costs of your staff completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. This is done through the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). Find out more about the funding.
  • ASC-WDS account holders value the service as a great place to record all their staff training and qualifications. They can also manage the planning of staff learning and development by using the Training and Qualifications section. 
  • Take a look at the section below on 'What can I do on the service?' for more information on some of the benefits of having an ASC-WDS account.
  • The data collected in ASC-WDS helps Skills for Care to identify workforce issues affecting the sector. This allows us to represent you to the Government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other key sector bodies. Local authorities use the data to make decisions around funding and for their market position statements and resource management.

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.