In 2007 the Department of Health commissioned the build and development of a much needed workforce intelligence system to help providers in the adult social care sector with workforce development, retention and recruitment.
Working with Skills for Care (the workforce development body for adult social care in England) we designed the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).
What is the NMDS-SC?
The NMDS-SC is a workforce intelligence system for collecting and distributing workforce intelligence data. NMDS-SC contains data on more than 750,000 workers across more than 25,000 care providing locations across the country.
With ‘value for money’ at its heart, the system was designed to help the Department of Health and Skills for Care to understand the trends around social care staffing and predict how the social care workforce is likely to develop alongside the needs of society.
The online system is widely used for research when planning the social care workforce. Used by government ministers, it provides better quality strategic workforce planning – giving insight into local market conditions (information that is rarely available elsewhere).
“For every £1 that care providers spend in the system, they see a return on investment between £1.34 and £8.90. It’s also helping them to develop new services, and new development opportunities for staff, in a targeted manner, and without raising costs.”
Tim Clark, Tribal
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