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Adult social care workforce information

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is an online system which collects information on the adult social care workforce in England. It’s the leading source of workforce information for the whole adult social care sector. 

If you’d like a good overview, watch our two minute animation:


Social care employers open accounts and enter worker information into NMDS-SC for a number of reasons. 

What does it tell me?

The NMDS-SC holds adult social care workforce data.  This includes how many workers there are, what types of jobs they do, where they’re based and what sort of service they work in, amongst many other things.   

There are over 22,000 care providing locations and 700,000 worker records registered so far on NMDS-SC. Thanks to our account holders, we have a very accurate picture of what’s happening in our sector.

Who uses it and how?

If you’re a social care provider who employs care providing staff and would like to register and enter your workers into NMDS-SC you might want to see what's involved in opening and maintaining an account. There are 3 easy steps:

1. Once you've decided NMDS-SC is for you, watch our two minute video on how to register an account.  
2. Visit to register.
3. Once you're approved, you'll want to use our employer checklist and video to get started.

The eguide is the best way to orientate yourself around the system.

The ‘help and guidance’ section of the website is full of useful checklists, guidance documents and webinars to help you make the most out of your account.   Once you've entered all your information you can start using more of the features of the system.

The NMDS-SC helps local authorities gain a clear understanding of the workforce in their local area.

The NMDS-SC workforce profile report can be used to benchmark the sector’s current position and help plan for the future. Local authorities can also access key information and statistics reports to see aggregated information about any of the 152 local authorities in England. 

The bulk upload facility allows local authorities to upload large amounts of workforce data into the NMDS-SC without the need for manual data entry. 

Completing the NMDS-SC is on the Department of Health and Social Care’s required list of local authority data returns. The one stop shop brings together all the help and support you'll need onto one page.   

Even if you’re not a social care employer, you can still access anonymised NMDS-SC information in two ways via:

  • screens called dashboards which sort the data and allow you to view and analyse it, quickly and easily - visit our open access dashboards
  • reports, briefings and infographics giving key information about the adult social care workforce – see our briefings and reports page.
  • If you'd like to find out more about dashboards, our video will explain how they work.


Read about the return on investment that employers get from NMDS-SC and how they use the system to inform decisions about their businesses.

If you've already opened an NMDS-SC account and are interested in becoming a case study to share your story with others, please download our case study questions.

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If you prefer to watch and learn about NMDS-SC, we have our own channel on Vimeo which contains useful films, animations and videos.


Our friendly support team is here to help you from the hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. We encourage you to contact them with any queries you may have.  

Our support is free and you can also book tutorials at a time which is convenient to you.  Contact the NMDS-SC support service by calling 0845 873 0129/0113 241 0969 or emailing

Watch our animation which tells you all about the free support available:

Our locality staff deliver regular roadshows and events promoting NMDS-SC and our support service offer free advice and support, but if you and your organisation are looking for some more indepth and one-to-one support we offer a range of services. You can read more about these services in our leaflet. Email us to find out more and to arrange an appointment.