Workforce Development Funding

Liverpool Social Care Partnership is proud to be the Skills for Care contract holder to administer Workforce Development Funding across Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Cheshire East and Cheshire West.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money will I get?
Unfortunately we cannot answer this question as there is no guarantee that any claims you make will be accepted. Funding is paid out at different values per qualification, this information is included in the list of funded qualifications on the Skills for Care website.

How long before we get the money?
Our best guideline is that it should take roughly two months between the submission of evidence through to the payment of funds, payments are made at the end of each month. However in reality it doesn't always work this way: for a start, any issues with the quality of the evidence being submitted will lead to significant delay. Once the evidence is submitted to LSCP, we must submit this evidence to Skills for Care, who must then ratify the evidence before payment can be made. During this ratification process, Skills for Care will randomly select some certificates for additional inspection / checking, this will significantly increase the delay time for payments.

We will try our best to make sure that any WDF payments are made as promptly as possible, but for much of the process we are simply waiting for ratification from Skills for Care, so we ask that all claimants please remain patient until they are contacted.

Why has my claim been rejected?
Each certificate/qualification is claimed for is evaluated individually. If you would like further information about why some of your certificates were rejected, please contact us directly. If any part of your claim is rejected, but we at LSCP feel that we can resolve the issue immediately, we will work together with Skills for Care on your behalf to ensure the claim is successful.

Recently, LSCP have received significantly more WDF claims than we could possibly fulfil, we try our best to make sure that the funds available are shared as fairly and equitably as possible, but it is likely that not all of the claims you submit can be funded.

How to Claim

Must be an Adult Social Care Employer

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector.
For employers, accessing WDF significantly contributes towards the costs of workers' completing qualifications on the  Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) . It can also be used to help fund the delivery of intermediate and advanced level Apprenticeships in social care.

Funding is only available for specific RQF qualifications, as outlined by Skills for Care  - List available on Skills for Care website.

Must fully complete ASC-WDS

Before we can begin to process any claims for your organisation, you must ensure that all organisational data has been inputted onto the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS), formally known as NMDS-SC. For more information on ASC-WDS, please refer to this page.

Must complete a Membership Form

If you have previously claimed Workforce Development Funding through the Greater Merseyside Care Partnership you will have been contacted to renew your membership status, if in doubt, please contact LSCP using the details at the bottom of the page.

You must join a Partnership to begin claiming Workforce Development Funding, please ensure you have read our introduction to Workforce Development Funding and when completing your Membership Form, please put the name of the Partnership you are joining as 'Greater Merseyside and Cheshire Workforce Development Fund Partnership'.

It is advised that you fully complete your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set prior to completing a Membership Form to ensure that all details match. Please note that each ESTABLISHMENT may only join ONE PARTNERSHIP. If you have previously registered your establishment or organisation to a partnership other than the Greater Merseyside Cheshire Workforce Development Fund Partnership (for the purposes of claiming Workforce Development Funding), there will be some further steps to undertake, please contact us for more information.

You should strive to complete as many parts of this form as possible, if required parts of this form are missing, you will not be added to the Partnership and be allowed to submit a claim, if in doubt please contact LSCP.
  • Organisation Name
    The Organisation Name which you put on your Membership Form will be used to refer to your organisation / establishment throughout the contract period so please try to keep it as simple as possible, the name you choose should ideally match the name of the establishment which you have chosen when uploading your data to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set. Please refrain from using any cryptic or internalised code for your Organisation Name.
    This is the identification number which is assigned to you when you register your establishment on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set. It will usually be 1 letter followed by 6 numbers, e.g. F12345. If you do not supply this identification number your application to join our Partnership will be rejected as your ASC-WDS status will not be verifiable. If you are unsure of your ASC-WDS ID please contact the ASC-WDS helpline on 0113 241 0969 or email
  • Contact Name
    Certain information may be considered confidential in nature, in those instances only the person named on this form will have access to this information, this person will also be contacted as a priority if there are any issues relating to WDF, please think carefully about who your named contact person will be, as you may not want your CEO receiving phone calls about ASC-WDS compliance. There is a space provided further down the form for an alternative set of contact details.
  • Number of Employees in your Organisation
    Please try to present this number as accurately as possible at the time of completing the form, it will help us to estimate the size and cost of your claim.
  • Name of Partnership your are joining:
    Please put 'Greater Merseyside Care Partnership' in this section, if in doubt you may leave it blank
  • Your ASC-WDS registered address
    This address must match the address you used to register onto the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set, it will also be used as your default contact address unless the alternative details section is completed.
  • Phone Number
    This will be the main phone number we use to contact you regarding WDF
  • Fax Number
    LSCP will not contact you via fax due to security concerns.
  • Email
    Your Email address will be used as your primary point of contact for Skills for Care / Workforce Development Fund news and updates, it is imperative that the address you give in this section of the form is available at all times. LSCP/GMCP cannot guarantee to recognise any Email Delivery Failure messages, it is your responsibility to ensure that the address you give to us will be reachable. Please check that the following guidance points are met
    • The Email address given is checked regularly
    • The Email Inbox has enough available space to accept emails up to 10MB in size
    • Please ensure is not blocked from your Email inbox to ensure all messages are received
    • You must ensure the Email address remains active, in some circumstances you may need to log into the Email Inbox regularly to prevent it from being deleted.
    • If you do not have an email address please state ‘no email’ in this part of the form.
  • Alternative Address:
    If you would prefer for all postal mail to be delivered to a separate address such as a Head Office, please put those details here.
  • Alternative Phone Number
  • Alternative Fax Number
  • Alternative Email
  • Member Declaration
    Please read this section carefully before signing
  • Signature & Date
The additional pages attached to your Membership Form will allow you to quickly add other ASC-WDS establishments using just the establishment name, address and ASC-WDS ID. If you only wish to register 1 establishment you may disregard these additional pages.

Must submit evidence of completed qualification certificates

Please try not to submit evidence for qualifications which are not available to be claimed, for a comprehensive list of those that are available for funding, please refer to this list.

We accept Adult Health and Social Care certificate evidence only and the following information must be included:
  • Candidate Name
  • Candidate Registration / Enrolment Number
  • Unique Learner Number
  • Each certificate must be Dated within the specified funding period (1st January 2020 to 31st March 2021)
  • Full unit breakdown sheet/s
  • The Organisation / Establishment for which this is being claimed (You do not need to write this onto every piece of evidence, but some form of organisational identification should be securely affixed (Staple or Wallet, please do not use paper clips).
  • Name of the awarding organisation
  • Name of the training provider or centre number
If any of this information is missing or incorrect you claim may be delayed or rejected. We will not return any copies of Certificates you have submitted.

Certificates and Qualifications you wish to claim must be fully completed within the funding year 01 January 2020 to 31 May 2021

When submitting claims you must also send a copy of the Employer Claim Submission Form and include your ASC-WDS ID, should you require a copy of this form please email

We advise that you take copies of any evidence prior to sending to LSCP, or submit any certificates electronically so they may be easily stored and recorded, sending to

If you choose to submit your evidence through the postal system, we offer the following guidelines:
  • Please choose recorded delivery to ensure your package is delivered correctly.
  • Please do not overfill packages/envelopes. If a package bursts open we cannot guarantee that all sheets will be received.
  • Packages may be hand delivered but you must arrange an appointment; please call to arrange a drop off.
Questions / Comments

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Kay Heritage, Administrator on 0151 270 1703 and direct any emails to