Maternity Services dashboard

Introduction

The dashboard enables maternity clinical teams to view data collected from providers in England and regularly compare their own clinical outcomes to identify areas for quality improvement.

It has been developed following the recommendations from the Better Births report, published in February 2016. The Maternity Transformation Programme (which is implementing the vision of Better Births) has led the development of this dashboard and received input from a range of stakeholders.

The dashboard is aimed at maternity clinical teams and decision makers within Local Maternity Systems (LMS). However, the public and Maternity Voices Partnerships may wish to compare maternity services using this tool. 

Maternity dashboard

Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs)

A set of indicators refreshed monthly and sourced from the Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS). The indicators include babies with a first feed of breastmilk; smokers at booking; smokers at delivery and rate of postpartum haemorrhage of 1500ml or greater.

Organisation Profile

Descriptive statistics and demographic data sourced from the MSDS, showing a picture of the maternity population and provider activity. These include  data on number of bookings, deliveries and births with additional information about the patient mix such as maternal age, BMI and ethnicity.

National Maternity Indicators

Updated annually, the indicators are drawn from existing data sources such as the Care Quality Commission’s maternity survey, the NHS staff survey and the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit. 

These indicators have been selected to cover a five themed domains; mortality and morbidity, choice, clinical care and health promotion, organisational culture and user experience.

 

About the data sources

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. 

Maternity Services Monthly Statisitics

Our official statistics are published on a monthly basis. These publications contain all of the data used for the dashboard, including the data quality information, as well as other analyses of maternity services.

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.