The NMDS-SC for… Individuals who employ their own care and support staff

The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care gathers information about the adult social care workforce. Social care employers can use NMDS-SC to register and update information about their workforce.

Skills for Care and government bodies use this information about the workforce to help the government make decisions about policy and funding. The NMDS-SC also helps local authorities to develop a greater knowledge of the workforce and service providers in your local area. This helps them to plan and develop a future workforce to meet the needs of people who use services, and carers.

 

Why should individuals who employ their own care and support staff complete the NMDS-SC?
 

§ Making a difference- Individuals who employ their own care and support staff can help make sure government decisions about policy and funding for social care are made on fact rather than fiction by completing the NMDS-SC.

§ Money for training- Registering and updating your NMDS-SC information means that you will have the opportunity to access money for training. This will help you to develop the skills of your staff, giving them confidence and a sense of achievement.

§ Staff records- You can organise information about the staff that you employ in a free, secure, online resource. The information we collect will NOT identify you or your workers as individuals.

§ Staff qualifications- You can keep a record of the training and qualifications of your staff. This can help you plan any training they may need to meet your needs.

§ Compare pay rates- You will be able compare your pay rates with other individuals who employ their own care and support staff in your area. This will not identify you as an individual or any of your workers.

§ Recruitment- you will be able to get a report to see where other people in your area find their staff, for example local recruitment agencies, making your recruitment process easier and more successful.

 
How to register for an NMDS-SC account
 

§ To register as an individual who employs their own care and support staff please click here
 
§ For help and guidance on registering and using the NMDS-SC please download the supporting leaflet below (to order hard copies of this leaflet please email marketing@skillsforcare.org.uk)

 

Case studies

How are people who employ their own care and support staff using the NMDS-SC?

§ How Blackburn with Darwen Council used NMDS-SC to gather data from people who employ their own care and support staff 
 
§ How Salford Council used NMDS-SC to gather data from people who employ their own care and support staff 


If you would like to speak to Skills for Care about the NMDS-SC, either to learn more about the system or if you are having problems registering, our support service is available on 
0845 873 0129.