National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC)

Openness rating:
Reason: Content of file appeared to be format "CSV" which receives openness score: 3.
★★★★★  Linked data - data URIs and linked to other data (e.g. RDF)
★★★★☆  Linkable data - served at URIs (e.g. RDF)
★★★☆☆  Structured data in open format (e.g. CSV)
★★☆☆☆  Structured data but proprietry format (e.g. Excel)
★☆☆☆☆  Unstructured data (e.g. PDF)
Score updated: 23/11/2015
Open Data Certificate: Raw Level

Skills for Care's National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is recognised as the leading source of robust workforce intelligence for adult social care. The NMDS-SC collects information online about providers offering a social care service and their employees. Social care providers can register, maintain and access their business information at

The Open Data analysis files contain aggregate level, anonymised information on all establishments held in the NMDS-SC system. This file allows analysis of raw NMDS-SC data and contains information on issues such as recruitment and retention, sickness, pay rates, qualifications and demographics to be accessed.

The main purposes of Skills for Care’s publication of raw NMDS-SC information are to promote transparency in the collected data and also to further encourage use of the data by audiences such as government policymakers, academics, researchers, local authorities and workforce planners, as well as any other user with an interest in social care and labour markets.

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Data Resources (5 in a time series)


1/9/2015 NMDS-SC (09/15)
1/3/2015 NMDS-SC (03/15)


1/9/2014 NMDS-SC (09/14)
1/3/2014 NMDS-SC (03/14)


Additional Links (1)

NMDS-SC (09/13) guidance

Additional Information

Added to 04/12/2013
Theme Health
Temporal coverage 1/9/2011 - 1/9/2014
Geographic coverage England
Update frequency every 6 months
Themes (secondary) No value
Schema/Vocabulary No value
Code list No value
Service Level No value