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Secondary data analysis of GSCC data: students and social workers


In 2012 most of the functions of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) will be transferred to the Health Professions Council (HPC). The government has announced that the HPC will be renamed the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Social Care Workforce Research Unit, supported by the Department of Health, has reached agreement with the GSCC to acquire a copy of the anonymous data records held by the GSCC prior to this move. The datasets provide detailed information on social work students’ records, including data on practice placements, on social workers registered to work in England, including a database of non-UK qualified social workers as well as other information. Obtaining these unique, historical and valuable data sets will facilitate further research to address current and emerging knowledge gaps about the profession and social work education. 

Principal investigator

Dr Shereen Hussein


Department of Health (core funding)


A consultation event was held (24 June 2011 - report and presentations available) to ‘showcase’ the data, provide examples of previous uses of some of these data, acknowledge their limitations, and explore potential research questions that may be addressed fully or partially by analysing these rich data. A research plan, based primarily on secondary data analysis and complemented by other research elements, will now be drawn up.




Positioning paper

Hussein, S. (2012) Social work students and professional data transfer from the General Social Care Council to the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. Using existing data to enhance social care research. Positioning paper [pdf, 748 KB] , London: General Social Care Council; Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.

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