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, local authorities and the Care Quality Commission 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.

Create an ASC-WDS account  

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.

Create an account 

Coming soon: The ASC-WDS product launch

We will be hosting our ASC-WDS product launch week from 22 to 26 November 2021. We’ve been working tirelessly to continue to improve the service for our users since NMDS-SC became ASC-WDS a few years ago. ASC-WDS has many new features and benefits and we’re ready to tell you all about them with our official product launch.

As part of the launch we will be hosting a webinar which will focus on all the benefits of ASC-WDS and how it can help you and your organsiation and we will also be running a live demo event where you can see what the service actually looks like.


Benefits of having an ASC-WDS account

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.

COMING SOON! The ASC-WDS Benefits bundle

From late November, new and existing ASC-WDS account holders will gain special offers and discounts across Skills for Care’s products. From savings at our bookshop to special prices on eLearning, it's our way of saying thank you to all the ASC-WDS users.

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


How we use the data 

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.