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Maternity Services Data Set Data Provision Notice
NHS Digital has been directed by NHS England under section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012; to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).
The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is a patient-level data set that captures key information at each stage of the maternity care pathway including mother’s demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby’s demographics, admissions, diagnoses and screening tests.
The MSDS provides a national standard for gathering data from maternity healthcare providers in England by covering key information captured from NHS-funded maternity services. The MSDS provides comparative data used to improve clinical quality and service efficiency and to commission services in a way that improves health and reduces inequalities. The data collected will assist care providers, commissioners, clinicians, service users and members of the wider public in understanding what maternity care is delivered, supporting commissioning, payment, planning and outcomes monitoring.
Scope of the collection
All organisations providing NHS funded maternity services in England
Legal basis for the collection
The Health and Social Care Act 2012, section 254, section 259(1), section 259(5).