Improvements made to NMDS-SC over the past year

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Corporate author(s)
Skills for Care (Organization)
Skills for Care
Date of publication
1 April 2011
NMDS-SC briefing; 15
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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A range of improvements have been made to the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) in 2010-11 in response to feedback and requests by employers and other stakeholders. This briefing describes these developments which should considerably enhance the benefits to employers using the NMDS-SC. The changes include that NMDS-SC data from Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered providers can now be shared with CQC to minimise the amount of information they subsequently need to collect from social care employers as part of the compliance monitoring process. The qualifications section of the NMDS-SC has also been updated to reflect the changes being brought about by the development of the Qualification and Credit Framework. Also, individuals who employ their own care and support staff now have access to a new questionnaire asking questions relevant only to them. Additional questions regarding migrant workers have also been added to the NMDS-SC worker questionnaire.

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