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.

Update: 19 December 2019

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


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 have an account and are logged in, you'll be able to:

  • edit your workplace information
  • edit user accounts
  • add/update staff records and sort them alphabetically
  • use bulk upload
  • check your eligibility for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) by running a report from your account
  • for larger organisations, you can now chck all your workplaces WDF eligibility in one view via the Parent WDF report. 

We’ve also just released the first parts of a new Training and Qualifications section.

Within this section you can now:

  • access a summary view of your staff’s training and qualifications
  • quickly identify which staff have training that has expired or will soon expire
  • access each staff member’s training and qualifications record, add and edit data
  • update staff training.

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 are:

  • working on a download report that covers all your training and qualifications data
  • working on functionality for larger organisations (parents accounts) to link to their workplaces.

Training and qualifications

We know from feedback 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.