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Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS)


In an NHS with an increasingly diverse range of providers, collecting comprehensive workforce information will become ever more difficult. In order to address this, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 places a duty on all organisations that deliver care funded by the NHS to provide data on their current workforce and to share their anticipated future workforce needs.

The Workforce Information Architecture (WIA) workstream was established in 2011 by the Department of Health (DH) as part of the wider reform of Education and Training. Within this workstream there was requirement to develop a Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS), a sub set of the existing National Workforce Data Set (NWD) standard, to support high quality education and training commissioning. This work seeks to ensure that with refinement the minimum data set remains suitable for the purpose of collecting workforce information from all providers of NHS funded services from April 2013. The wMDS meets the requirements of workforce planners and will enable them to effectively plan and commission the future qualified workforce to meet the needs of local providers.

This web page summarises the Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) and its development and implementation guidance.

For further details on the outputs of the Workforce Information Architecture workstream, please see the Department of Health website.

The current and developing list of guidance documents available includes:

word icon wMDS Specification Overview [224kb]

xls icon wMDS Specification List of Values [137kb]

As this web page and the resources it contains remain in development all interested stakeholders should ensure they regularly review this website for the latest updates on the development of the wMDS and its corresponding guidance documents.

If you would like to receive regular updates directly when changes have been made, please sign-up to our mailing list by e-mailing enquiries@hscic.gov.uk and stating that your request is for updates on the Workforce Minimum Data Set.

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