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National Workforce Data Set (NWD) and NHS occupation codes

We maintain the National Workforce Data set (NWD) and the NHS occupation codes, which together specify the data standards for NHS workforce information, including implementation within the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).


National Workforce Dataset (NWD) v 2.6 - Changes (Amd 43/2012)

The changes to the National Workforce Dataset (NWD) published in May 2013 updates the dataset following recent policy changes and the requirement for enhanced workforce information. In summary the changes are:

Changes to Occupation Codes, Job Role, Area of Work, Registration Body and Registration Type

For the first time this uplift to the standard incorporates both the NHS Occupation Codes and the National Workforce Data Set in one overarching standard (ISB1067). The main body of the changes on this occasion relate to improving the information available regarding the Healthcare Scientist Workforce and to better reflect the structure of this element of the workforce following the implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers. There are also a number of housekeeping measures to ensure that previous issues are corrected and that the key elements of the implementation of the standard - the NWD itself; the NHS Data Dictionary and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) as the primary implementation of the standard - are all aligned.

In more detail the changes comprise:

  • Occupation Code, Job Role and Area of Work deletions, changes and additions to improve the information available regarding the Healthcare Scientist Workforce and to better reflect the structure of this element of the workforce following the implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers
  • Further changes to the NWD in light of a comparison between the values implemented in the ESR, the NWD itself and the Data Dictionary to correct differences where they have occurred which will be undertaken in a number of tranches
  • The opening of a Job Role for Advanced Practitioners within the Additional Professional Scientific and Technical Staff Group, highlighted as required in this Staff Group during the development of version 2.5
  • The closure of the Professional Registration Body for the Scottish Social Services Council which became redundant with the changes made at version 2.5
  • The closure of the Professional Registration Type relating to Social Work Students and the renaming of the value for Social Workers in England building on the changes introduced in version 2.5 of the NWD as the position of the HCPC regarding this aspect of its registration duty has been clarified
  • Updates to the guidance notes and other housekeeping work that does not materially change the approved standard for both the NHS Occupation Codes and the NWD specification.

Full details including associated guidance, can be found in the documents below:

A copy of the ISN and further information relating to these changes can be found on the Information Standards Board website.

Further information and guidance:

NWD guidance documents


National Workforce Dataset (NWD) v 2.5 - Changes (Amd 23/2012)

The changes to the National Workforce Dataset (NWD) published in December 2012 updates the dataset following recent policy changes and the requirement for enhanced workforce information. In summary the changes are:

1. Changes to Reason for Leaving, Area of Work, Job Role, Registration Body and Registration Type

The main body of the changes on this occasion relate to housekeeping measures to ensure that previous issues are corrected and that the key elements of the implementation of the standard - the NWD itself; the NHS Data Dictionary and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) as the primary implementation of the standard - are all aligned.

2. Changes to Occupation Code Manual - ISB 0141 Amd 24/2012 - the current published version 10.0 is to be updated to version 11.0.

Details of changes to occupation codes are listed below:

  • Occupation Code (M Matrix) changes to capture new and renamed main specialties as approved by the Post Graduate Medical Education Training Board (PMETB);
  • Occupation Changes (M Matrix) to ensure that the standard matches the GDC approved dental main specialties;
  • Changes to the NHS Occupation Codes in light of a comparison between the values implemented in the ESR and the Occupation Code Manual itself to correct differences where they have occurred which will be undertaken in a number of tranches;
  • The closure of two spurious Nurse Education Occupation Codes N7J and N9J;
  • Updates to the guidance notes and other housekeeping work that does not materially change the approved standard for the NHS Occupation Codes.

Full details including associated guidance, can be found in the documents below:

A copy of the ISN and further information relating to these changes can be found on the Information Standards Board website.

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