The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is an administrative dataset used by providers of maternity care in England for clinical purposes. It is submitted to, analysed and published by NHS Digital on a monthly basis, in order to build a national picture of maternity services activity in that month.
Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK) is a national programme. Its mission is to conduct methodologically rigorous research to provide evidence to improve the care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, childbirth, the newborn period and early childhood as well as promoting the effective use of resources by perinatal health services. The collection is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey is carried out every 2 years (annually from 2019), and asks women a range of questions about their experience of choice and continuity of care in maternity services in hospital. The data is used to inform the CQC’s ratings published for trusts and to provide CQC inspectors information on areas of risk which may need attention.
The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) is an annual audit of the NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales published by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG). The audit aims to evaluate a range of care processes and outcomes, in order to identify good practice and areas for improvement in the care of women and babies looked after by NHS maternity services.
The NHS Staff Survey is a survey carried out by the NHS Survey Coordination Centre. The purpose of this survey is to collect staff views about working in their NHS organisation. Data is used to improve local working conditions for staff, and ultimately to improve patient care. The survey is administered annually so staff views can be monitored over time.
The Doctors in Training survey is carried out by the General Medical Council (GMC). Every year the GMC survey all doctors in training and trainers for their views. This helps them make sure doctors in training receive high quality training in a safe and effective clinical environment, and trainers are well supported in their role.