Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) Guide

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Are you a care provider offering services to adults in the UK? If so, then the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is something you don’t want to miss out on. With over 20,000 providers already signed up, get ready to streamline your business and access funding to support staff training.

The ASC-WDS collects vital information which is used by the Government, Department of Health and Social Care, local authorities and the Care Quality Commission to keep tabs on the sector. From areas like beds available for the elderly or disabled in hospitals or nursing homes to types of employment and qualifications held by those employed in the industry – there’s an incredible amount of data out there.

Signing up to ASC-WDS is free, simple and fast. Unlock new opportunities for your business and support social care workers all with one click. Don’t hesitate – get online today!

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Why should I sign up to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set?

Special offers

As a user of ASC-WDS, you are entitled to the Benefits Bundle – an exclusive package of savings designed to help make your learning journey as enriching and cost-effective as possible. With discounts from our endorsed training providers and 10% off both eLearning modules from Skills for Care and bespoke seminars on values-based interviewing and meaningful conversations, you can take advantage of our great deals so you can develop yourself and improve your services for those in need.

Collect training data in one place

Ensure that your employees have the knowledge and skills they need to do their job safely and efficiently by taking the hassle out of training management. With our intuitive platform, you can easily search for, record, and manage mandatory training by job role, helping to fill any gaps in your staff’s training. Get timely alerts when it’s time to make updates and generate comprehensive training reports to ensure that you are always up-to-date with employee compliance during inspections. By streamlining this essential process, your organisation can remain well-informed and prepared.

Compare your service to other care providers

Are you a care provider looking to benchmark your service against others in your area? Now you can do just that with the new and exciting workforce metric comparison feature! Access detailed information on key metrics such as staff turnover, care worker pay, and staff sickness levels – all in one place. Compare yourself to other CQC regulated care homes with nursing, care only homes and domiciliary care providers, and use the insights to stay informed and excel in quality of service. With this exclusive feature, now’s the time to monitor and evaluate your workforce performance on an unprecedented level.

Help shape the future of social care

As the adult social care sector continues to develop and expand, it is essential to have a well-informed understanding of its workforce. From care workers to managers and directors, staff are fundamental in providing quality care and services to those who require them. Knowing the size and composition of the workforce, as well as the issues that impact it, helps us better plan for the future.

Data from Government, DHSC, and local authorities provides key information about the demographics of the workforce across different regions and services; job roles and sector trends; recruitment and retention rates; pay and rewards, and more. This data can support policy development, funding decisions, equality monitoring, and employer strategy. With up-to-date intelligence on the social care workforce, we can ensure that we have the resources, capacity, and capabilities needed for a vibrant and effective sector today – and for years to come.

Claim funding for qualifications and training

Accessing the right funding opportunities can often be difficult and time consuming – but investing in your staff is essential for the long-term success of any business. That’s why the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) exists to help employers looking to develop their workforce.

In order to make sure you receive the full benefits of the WDF scheme, you’ll need to keep your data up to date so that it meets all the requirements. That way, you’re able to claim funding towards qualifications and training for eligible employees. It also makes sure that everyone involved in the program is getting the best possible value for money.

So before taking advantage of the WDF, check and update your data first – it will make the entire process smoother and more efficient. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your staff are fully supported in achieving your professional goals.

How do I register for the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set?

Are you looking to make the most of our ASC-WDS account? To get started, Skills for Care need some basic information from you including your name, job title and create a password and security question.

For CQC registered services, you can find your workplace using your CQC location ID or postcode; but don’t worry if your service isn’t CQC registered as you can still set up an account – just use your postcode.

To complete the process, select the primary service you provide and the number of staff in your organisation.

Once Skills for Care have approved the details that you have provided, you will take advantage of all the features offered by ASC-WDS. Sign up today and start experiencing the benefits!

Is my data secure in the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set?

Are you worried about inputting your staff’s data in the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set? Don’t be — Skills for Care takes the privacy and security of your data seriously. They make sure that all the figures they collect from you remain anonymous, even when analysing them as part of our Workforce Intelligence team.

Any data they collect is grouped together in ‘aggregated form’ – so individual employers and workers cannot be identified from it. Their privacy policy will help to explain exactly how we process that data, so that your staff can feel more comfortable with the decision to share their information with them.

They make sure your staff’s data remains secure, while still providing high-quality intelligence to decision makers such as Government, DHSC and local authorities.

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