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Establishment of information systems for NHS Services: maternity services Directions 2018

Directions given by NHS England requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection of information to be known as the maternity services information system.


To support the achievement of better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

Read the Direction

Legal basis

Sections 254(1), (3) and (6) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The Directions came into force 1 October 2018.


Read the Directions

Further information

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    Maternity Services Data Set

    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.

Last edited: 14 October 2019 2:28 pm