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The Personal Social Services staff of Social Services Departments return (SSDS001) was first collected in 1993 by the Department of Health (DH). Since 2004-05 the return has been the responsibility of The Information Centre for health and social care. The aim of the SSDS001 is to collect detailed information on all staff, whether full or part-time, directly employed by social services departments.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Staff: full and part-time, headcount and Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) by sector and job description

Registration and inspection officers, social services officers/social work assistants, community workers, general practice (e.g. health centres), care managers in alcohol, HIV/AIDS and drugs centres, occupational therapists, ot assistants, equipment aids & other officers, other staff, grand total all staff .

Headcount, staff, social services, Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff, part time staff, black and minority ethnic staff
Identifier Variables
GOR, council, LA, unitary authority
Economic/Subject Categories
Employment, Labour
Area of Health System
Social care
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
NHS information centre
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

208,600 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff. All staff, whether full or part-time, directly employed by social services departments in England

The NHS Information centre
Conditions of Access
Free access