The Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb MP, is strongly encouraging social care providers to engage with the Transparency & Quality Compact Measures which are now being published on the NHS Choices website.

Two measures are taken from Skills for Care’s National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC): staff stability of employment and qualifications. Over 4,000 care providers are already publishing these two measures on NHS Choices.

Many providers (26,000 social care establishments) have put their data into the NMDS-SC because of the workforce planning and business planning advantages this brings. However, in order for an establishment’s data to be passed to NHS Choices the following conditions need to be met:

  1. The care provider has given permission for their data to be passed to NHS Choices for the transparency measures.
  2. The care provider has entered the correct provider and location CQC ID numbers into NMDS-SC.
  3. Data on the two measures in NMDS-SC is sufficient to calculate the measures. The dates that staff commenced employment needs to be recorded for 90% of all staff in NMDS-SC and updated over the past year (staff stability of employment). Qualifications data needs to be entered for at least 90% of all the direct care staff employed.

Skills for Care has contacted over 3,500 providers to help them check that they have entered the correct CQC information into their NMDS-SC account so that, with their permission, the agreed data can be made available on the NHS Choices website.

Please check that your CQC number is entered correctly on your NMDS-SC. For further advice please phone the NMDS-SC Support Service on 0845 873 0129 or view the FAQs.