National Minimum Data Set for Social Care â€“ support or ignore?
If you have not been contacted by Skills for Care in respect of this project, it is introduced by them in the following manner: â€œThe NMDS â€“ SC is a workforce tool that will streamline the collection of robust information for the social care sector. For employers and key stakeholders in the sector the benefits are numerous, including the identity of staff skills; needs and achievements; information to create a staff development plan (A Care Standards requirement), and provide anonymous information for Skills for Care to represent the social care sector and to attract resources to support the social care skills agendaâ€. It is this last item that Skills for Care has not explained and to which very little profile has been given. The focus over the summer was directed to a clause in the original Skills for Care Partnership Contract for 2006/7 requiring completion of all sections of the survey by service providers to qualify for training funding. Robust protest, originating in the Eastern Region, fortunately