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Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) - All sectors


Why and how we process your data in the Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS), and your rights. Includes general practices (GP), personal medical services, Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) Independent, Dental and Ophthalmic.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities) Collection of workforce and earnings information to assist in workforce planning and education commissioning. Having the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place, will help improve services for patients.
Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?


Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum after no longer required
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent not the basis for processing

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Electronic Staff Record (ESR), NHS JobsDirect, NHS Digital Secure Electronic File Transfer (SEFT) tool, Primary Care Web Tool (PCWT)
The legal basis for collecting this data

Legal obligation (Direction) and management of health and social care systems

Where NHS Digital uses this data


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.