To support the achievement of better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.
Sections 254(1), (3) and (6) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The Directions came into force 1 October 2018.
The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is a patient level data set that collects information on each stage of care for women as they go through pregnancy. As a secondary uses data set it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care.
The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is the national information standard for data relating to NHS-funded maternity services