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IMG_2579NMDS-SC gets a new name

You’ll know we’re currently developing a new NMDS-SC service.  This year our account holders will see what this new service looks like and be able to use it. 

Part of this makeover is that the new service gets a new name, so we’ve consulted with users and the new name will be ‘Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set’.

A big thanks to everyone who’s helped us so far on this journey and we’ll keep you updated. 

We're developing the new service using Agile working.



Magnifying glass and mapExplore workforce data at local authority level

To help you see, understand and explore our workforce data at a local authority level we've introduced a new interactive tool.   

You can select any of eighteen workforce characteristics and compare them between local authority areas. 



AMHP thumbnailNew: The Approved Mental Health Professional workforce

Skills for Care has worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and the AMHP Network to gain a better understanding of this key job role.  Key findings include:

  • An estimated 3,900 approved AMHPs in England
  • 95% of AMHPs are Social Workers
  • Two thirds of AMHPs combine their AMHP role with a substantive role e.g. Social Worker
  • An estimated 30% of AMHPs are aged 55 or over

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In the media

Independent:  Brexit will be a disaster for the social care sector 

Our workforce figures are being used extensively at the moment - particularly vacancy rates and jobs. 


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House of Commons, Public Accounts Committee report 'The adult social care workforce in England' 

Our data has recently informed a report and subsequent debate in the into the adult social care workforce in England which warns urgent action is required to reverse care work's poor public image and boost recruitment and retention.  

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Press briefing updated

Our new quarterly briefing brings together the latest adult social care figures, organised in a way that's easy to cite and use.

The briefing has been designed for and with journalists.

We want to hear from you if you think we can improve it. Please email Paul Clarke, Media and Public Affairs Manager with any feedback. 

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Latest workforce intelligence news

Adult social care workforce grows again to meet increasing demand

The number of people working in adult social care across has increased again to 1.52 million according to a new report by Skills for Care.
Friday 7 August 2020

Recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic: sharing your recruitment successes

Recruiting new workers can be challenging at any time, but during the COVID-19 pandemic this challenge is even greater. Employers are developing creative solutions to help with these challenges.
Wednesday 20 May 2020

Skills for Care publishes latest workforce figures

The adult social care sector employs 1.47 million people. Skills for Care has published two workforce reports presenting a detailed overview of the adult social care workforce in England. The 'State of' and 'Size of' offer a comprehensive breakdown and analysis of the 1.47 million strong workforce by age, gender, location, pay and organisation type.
Monday 24 September 2018

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A new era of capturing data from our sector

A new era of capturing data from our sector

Dave Griffiths, Skills for Care's Product Owner for the new Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set, the online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England, shares his experience of creating and shaping this new service. It will shortly replace the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).
Six ways to select the right people

Six ways to select the right people

An article which explore six ways which helps employers to select the right people for their vacancies.
NMDS-SC 2 - the story so far

NMDS-SC 2 - the story so far

We know most people are very pleased that the current 10 year old system is being updated. Many of you have been asking about progress and how it all works so here's a brief update.

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Telling the story of social care

We interviewed David Brindle, Social Care Editor at the Guardian about the impact of our work for journalists in the sector and the opportunities that our data offers them.

'Before NMDS-SC, we didn’t know how many people worked in social care. We had no reliable figures for the size of the sector, which is
clearly terribly important if you’re saying this is an important sector,
this deserves more funding, more policy attention'. 


Access the latest briefing for journalists here 

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