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Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) data quality dashboard

An interactive report allowing you to explore the quality of data recorded in the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).

This dashboard presents information about the quality of the data submitted to MSDS each month. This includes provider-level data quality information to help users understand the impact of local data quality issues. The purpose of this report is to support data quality improvement by making this information available in an accessible and interactive format.

Accessibility of this tool

This tool is in Microsoft PowerBI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.


How to use this tool

This tool is best viewed in full screen mode using the diagonal arrows in the bottom right of the visualisation.

To navigate through the tool, use the ‘Contents’ tab or use the arrows at the bottom of the screen.

To change the period shown in any time series view, select the required reporting period using either the slider bar or by left clicking on the date to bring up the calendar date selection.

To clear filtered results, hover your mouse underneath any filtered option heading to enable the ‘Clear selections’ eraser icon. Select this icon to clear previous selections and filtered results.

These statistics relate to complete calendar month reporting periods. Although it is possible to select part-month start and end periods in these visualisations, the statistics are not provided at this level of detail.

What you can find out
  • The data completion of all mandatory and required data items in the MSDS data set for each provider/region, by month.
  • The amount of data submitted to MSDS with an invalid value for each provider/region, by month. Invalid values are codes entered which do not correspond to the national codes defined in the technical output specification.
  • The number of submissions made to MSDS where the code submitted corresponds to a value of 'Not known', 'Unknown', 'Not Stated' or 'Other' as per the national code definition in the technical output specification.
What the report can't tell you
  • Whether submissions to a specific field are appropriate or expected for a specific organisation. 
  • If data submitted to a free text is valid. 
  • What invalid data is being submitted. 

Notes and data sources

As a secondary uses data set MSDS re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets extracted or derived from local information systems and sent to NHS Digital for analysis purposes.

MSDS sets out national definitions for the extraction of data including:  

  • mother’s details
  • mother’s booking, pregnancy and diagnosis details
  • care contacts and activities
  • mother’s labour and activity details
  • anonymous assessments and findings
  • baby’s details
  • hospital provider spells (inpatient stays in hospital during the pregnancy)
  • header and reference data. 

MSDS v2.0 is an update to the data set that introduces a new structure and content, including clinical terminology. It also mandates the submission of all maternity records in scope of the data set, including records that are held on paper which must be submitted in the required electronic format.

Find more information about MSDS. 


Contact us

Questions and feedback should be emailed to maternityanalysis@nhs.net.

Last edited: 12 May 2022 10:49 am