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.
The data collected is vital to the Government, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as it allows them to plan, fund and monitor the sector.
The service helps care providers run their business and manage their staff training needs. It can also provide access to the Workforce Development Fund, a valuable source of funding for staff training.
You can create an account with just a few basic details about your workplace. Once your details have been checked and validated by Skills for Care, you can start to add your workplace information and staff records.
As well as providing crucial data that informs policy decisions, care providers and registered managers often tell us how useful they find the service for recording and accessing information.
So to get you thinking about how you could use ASC-WDS to help support your service, here’s an outline of its main benefits and features.
Store and access key information about your staff
Create individual staff records that store personal details and other information, and access them all in one place.
Get access to the Workforce Development Fund
Check and update your data so that it meets the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) requirements. You can then claim funding towards training and qualifications for your staff.
Record your training and qualifications data
Search, record and manage mandatory training by job role and get alerted to make updates and fill gaps in your training. Training reports also help you to evidence that you’re fully up to date with your staff training during inspections.
Provide intelligence to decision makers such as Government, DHSC and local authorities
The workforce is central to the adult social care sector. It determines the quality of care experienced, the success of care providers and the funding needed. So it’s vital that we understand the workforce and the issues affecting it.
See benchmarks that show how your business is performing
Benchmark your workplace against others offering the same service in your local authority area. You’ll see information about how your service is performing on workforce metrics such as staff turnover, care worker pay and staff sickness. This feature is currently only available for CQC regulated care homes with nursing, care only homes and domiciliary care providers, but will be extended to others over time.
There are currently over 20,000 care providers using the service
This platform is fantastic, so much more user friendly - Recent user feedback
This is the first time I have visited the new site and I found it very easy to use - thank you! - Recent user feedback
Our workforce intelligence team work with the data collected in ASC-WDS to share intelligence and insight into the sector. They produce data and publications that help identify what the adult social care workforce in England looks like today and what it might look like in the future.
They also work closely with DHSC and have provided data to help them understand:
- the implications of Brexit on the social care workforce
- the impact of changes to the National Living Wage
- the number of flu and COVID-19 vaccines needed in the sector.