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.

The process of migrating data from the NMDS-SC into the new ASC-WDS has taken longer than we hoped and we apologise for the delay.

Account holders have received an email with a link to their ASC-WDS account so please come and take a look at the new service. Please check spam filters in case emails from our support team are there.

New registrations on the ASC-WDS will be available from October 2019.


If you need any support with your ASC-WDS account, please email or call 0113 241 0969.

Future developments

There are plans in place to develop the service, working with users along the way.

Within the next few weeks, when users are logged into their account, they will see an alert to show expired training so they can easily identify action they need to take to address this.

The ability to download information to help you complete your Care Quality Commission (CQC) provider information return (PIR) will be available before the end of the year.

A new insight report which shows your data with benchmarks to local providers will be emailed on a regular basis to account holders. We hope to have this available by the end of the year.

We’re also exploring the idea of a new area within the service on training and qualifications information. We know users really value this aspect of the service and we’ll be working with them to understand what they would really value. We hope to begin to make this available in the new year.

Importance of data

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.