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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 (in relation to processing the personal data) and the Department of Health and Social Care (in relation to determining the purpose for processing the data through the issuing of a direction to NHS Digital)
How we use the information (processing activities)

The Workforce Minimum Dataset (wMDS) collects information about staff members working in the health and care sector in England. It Includes personal data and special category data as well as employment data related to an individuals role. This information is used to create a single central source of workforce information for NHS funded services in England, drive improvements in data quality, monitor government targets and for publishing statistics, develop policy and inform workforce planning at both national and local level. The level of information collected is determined by the National Workforce Dataset specification DCB1067 and is published on NHS Digital's Information Standards Notices webpage. Dissemination of this information is via NHS Digital's Data Access Request Service (DARS)

Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?

Data regarding General Practice is available via the Data Access Request Service (DARS). Recipients are recorded in the Register of Approved Data Releases for these disseminations.

Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum from the date the data is received
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? Providers NHS funded health and care services in England, Electronic Staff Record (ESR), NHS JobsDirect
The legal basis for collecting this data

Article 6(1)(c) Legal Obligation (Workforce Information Directions 2019),
Article 9(2)(h) Management of health or social care systems and services, supplemented by DPA 2018 Schedule 1, Part 1, Health or social care purpose.

Where NHS Digital uses this data


Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS)

The Workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) standard supports high quality and training commissioning. It collects workforce information from all providers of NHS funded services to help workforce planners effectively plan and commission the future qualified workforce.