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: 14 October 2019

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

If you previously had a NMDS-SC account

During August, you’ll have received an email with a link to your ASC-WDS account. Please check spam filters in case emails from our support team are in there. If they are, please adjust your settings so future emails go into your inbox.

Your log in details and password are the same as they were for NMDS-SC.

If you can’t find the email, or you have difficulties logging in, please contact our support team for help, either by email: or call 0113 241 0969.

Once logged in, you'll be able to:

  • edit workplace information
  • edit user accounts
  • use bulk upload
  • add/update worker records
  • access your training data, as well as edit it and add new training and qualifications
  • check your eligibility for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) by running a report from your account
  • view the WDF eligibility of all your workplaces in one view if you're a larger organisation through your 'Parent WDF report'.

What we’re building next

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 top three priorities are:

  • sorting - the ability to sort your staff records alphabetically
  • training expiry - you’ll see a flag to show where training has expired or will shortly expire
  • training report - we’re working on designs to show you what training and qualifications each worker has along with the ability to download that information. We’re testing these designs with users before moving into the build phase.

Training and qualifications

We’re also designing a new area within the service for training and qualifications information. Your training data has been migrated and your feedback shows us that you 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.

We will be updating this section on a regular basis, so check back here for the latest information. 

Setting up a new account

We’re currently building the functionality to take new registrations. We’re aiming to have this up and running by early November. We apologise for this delay. We really want to get you into the service as soon as possible.

Check this page for updates, sign up to our enews or talk to your WDF partnership. 


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.