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National Workforce Data Set

About this information standard

The National Workforce Data Set (NWD) is a reference data standard comprising standardised definitions to facilitate the capture of nationally consistent information relating to the NHS and wider healthcare workforce.

NWD data items support a variety of workforce collections and are also embedded within operational HR/workforce IT systems, including the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and NHS Jobs.

The data items cover:

  • staff groups
  • job roles
  • areas of work
  • NHS occupation codes.

The NWD is maintained by the Workforce and Facilities team within the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the other listed documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Current Release

Release date29/01/2016
Release numberAmd 21/2015
Release titleVersion 2.8
Key documents
Supporting Documents
Further informationNational Workforce Data Set         
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