Skills for Care’s National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) has been updated so that England’s adult social care employers can now record new qualifications their workers are taking as part of the Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF).
The NMDS-SC database is the richest source of information on the adult social care sector and has been updated so the 40,600 establishments can record the new qualifications their workers are working towards or have already achieved.
The QCF provides a new way to recognise and reward skills using a more flexible ‘mix and match’ approach to meet the different development needs of a diverse workforce, so it was critical the NMDS-SC system is able to easily record the new ways of learning.
Employers can now record the work their workers are doing towards the new Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care, the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, as well as a range of smaller qualifications for continued professional development such as the Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities, or the Certificate in Dementia Care and many more.
The NMDS-SC now also has a new training record section created for employers to record training their workers are doing outside the QCF, for example First Aid training, and is designed to help track the overall training profile of the people who work for them. Employers can now record if the training is accredited, when it took place and, if applicable, when it will expire.
“The QCF is a huge change in how more than 1.6 million adult social care workers gain skills and knowledge so it was critical that NMDS-SC was updated to make sure employers were able to record all training in their workplace,” says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.
“Employers can use the NMDS-SC to record and keep up to date information about the qualifications and training of their workforce, making it a great tool to help support you in evidencing compliance with the CQC requirements’.
Source Skills for Care