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Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) are required to submit data on smoking status at time of delivery every three months through the NHS Digital Strategic Data Collection System (SDCS).
The submission deadlines for each quarter are:
Submission start date
Submission end date
Quarter 4 2020-21
1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021
1 April 2021
26 April 2021
Quarter 1 2021-22
1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
1 July 2021
26 July 2021
Quarter 2 2021-22
1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021
1 October 2021
26 October 2021
Quarter 3 2021-22
1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021
4 January 2022
28 January 2022
Quarter 4 2021-22
1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022
1 April 2022
26 April 2022
Data items to be collected
CCGs must submit the following data items for each quarter in the financial year of the birth registration:
number of maternities
number of women known to be smokers at the time of delivery
number of women known to be non-smokers at the time of delivery
number of women whose smoking status was not known at the time of delivery
These are defined as:
the number of maternities - the number of pregnant women who give birth (during the quarter) to one or more live or stillborn babies of at least 24 weeks gestation, where the baby is delivered by either a midwife or doctor at home or in an NHS hospital (including GP units) - this count should be the number of pregnant women, not the number of babies (deliveries) - this means that twins are counted as one maternity and it does not include maternities that occur in psychiatric hospitals or private beds /hospitals
women known to be smokers at the time of delivery - pregnant women who self-reported that they were smokers - this includes any cigarettes or tobacco at all, but excludes non-combustible nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes or other nicotine containing products - If a woman intends to give up smoking after the delivery, but was a smoker up until the delivery date they are included in this count
women known to be non-smokers at the time of delivery - pregnant women who self-reported that they were non-smokers (no cigarettes or tobacco at all) - this count does not include women whose smoking status is not known (which is collected separately), or those who intend to give up smoking after delivery
women whose smoking status was not known at the time of delivery - those whose smoking status was not determined for whatever reason.
Commissioner based returns
This is a CCG return. CCGs should submit all maternities where the baby is delivered by either a midwife or doctor at home or in an NHS hospital (including GP units) commissioned by that CCG. The CCG is required to submit data for all maternities.
During the quarter 4 submission period, there will be an opportunity to re-submit data for quarters 1, 2 and 3. If you want to make revisions, please contact the data collections team first so they can re-open the quarter(s) for revision.