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. 

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 when you meet the eligibility requirements. This is done through the Workforce Development Fund (WDF).  Find out more about WDF.

I was one of the first accounts to be opened when NMDS was first rolled out. This is far, far superior. Easy to use and a User Experience far more in keeping with a modern web-based service. Recent user feedback


Update: 9 June 2020

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

NEW - View by training category

This feature shows the status of your staff training by training category enabling you to quickly check, for example 'Moving and Handling' or 'Autism' so you can manage training for your staff.

This new functionality helps you plan specific training for groups of staff, giving you quick access to relevant information needed before commissioning from a provider.  You can also use it to evidence with CQC that all training is up to date.

view by training category

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.

  • Having an up to date ASC-WDS account which meets the criteria, gives you access to the Workforce Development Fund.
  • 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. 
  • ASC-WDS account holders can quickly download training summaries to use as evidence with CQC and local authority commissioners.
  • 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 find out more about workforce intelligence and our data visit our Workforce Intelligence pages

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. You’ll be able to check 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.WDF

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. You can also use this to evidence to CQC that all training is up to date.

You can identify what training is mandatory for different roles, see where this training is missing, or is due for refreshing or where it has expired. You can also now view by 'training category, new functionality developed in response to user feedback.  Viewing by training category gives you a quick and easy option to allow planning of required training – you’ll be able to see the number of staff who have completed the training category making it easy to use this to commission training from learning providers.

manadtory trainingThis ‘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.

You can 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.

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:

  • Becoming a Parent: allowing workplaces that are part of a larger organisation to upload data on behalf of other workplaces in their organisation and check their WDF eligibility as well as taking other actions. 
  • We're currently building functionality to allow users to reflect that they have changed their main service. Either moving from a CQC regulated service to a non-CQC regulated service (or vice-versa)
  • We're simplifying the add staff record journey - incorporating the add a basic staff record functionality into the full staff record journey.

In our user research / design phase.

We’d love to hear what you think. If you would like to be involved in our user research, contact us to find out more.

  • Benchmarking - providing your data back to you in an easy to understand format with the ability to benchmark your workplaces and workforce. We’re testing designs with users right now as we move towards delivering our first piece of functionality in this area.  Here is an example of functionality we’re testing with users.


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 (DHSC), the Care Quality Commission, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups 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. 

COVID-19: In order to support the sector, we're working closely with DHSC, HEE, NHSX and other stakeholders, providing them with regular information and analysis in order for them to help them plan and make decisions in a fast moving landscape. 

We’ve also worked with NHSX and other partners on a project to provide adult social care staff with priority online shopping slots at Iceland supermarkets by undertaking analysis of ASC-WDS data and workforce estimates to determine the number of codes required for access to this service.

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.

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.