Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) v2.0

MSDS v2.0 – DCB1513 Amd 10/2018

The MSDS v2.0 is an update to the existing v1.5 data set that introduces a new structure and content, including clinical terminology, in order to meet current clinical practice and incorporate new requirements. The MSDS v2.0 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.

The MSDS v2.0 mandates local data collection from 1 April 2019 and national submissions from May 2019, at which point it will replace the existing MSDS v1.5.

The associated ISN and standard documentation can be found on the
MSDS v2.DCB1513 publication page.     

Guidance documents for MSDS v2.0 Data Model and Technical Output Specification (TOS)

MSDS v2.0 Data Model and Technical Output Specification (TOS) guidance documents
Document Description Version
MSDS v2.0 Data Model  A pictorial representation of the output data set. The Data Model defines the referential integrity that will be enforced when the submission file is validated. 


MSDS v2.0 Technical Output Specification

A specification for the output data set required of providers. Defines each data item within the data set. This document splits the data set into tables. Each containing data items and values, and linkage items used to link each data table.  The full version of the TOS includes the validations that will be applied to submission files at the submission portal.

This is the Enhanced TOS, which includes the ‘Additional Validation Rules’ that will be applied to the submission portal. The derivations will be added to a future version of the Enhanced TOS in due course and will be published here on this webpage.



Organisational assessment and planning tools

The following additional documents and tools will assist in implementing the MSDS v2.0 in your organisation.  

Document   Description Version
MSDS v2.0 system conformance checklist The MSDS v2.0 system conformance checklist is a tool to help maternity providers assess how well their local IT systems 'map' to the MSDS v2.0 Technical Output Specification.  27.07.2018,

The resources referenced below will be uploaded to this webpage in the near future.

Maternity implementation planning template This template can be utilised by maternity providers to plan their organisation's activity for implementing the MSDS v2.0. The resulting plan should provide a high level picture of how their organisation intends to tackle this implementation within the anticipated timescales. 
MSDS v2.0 readiness assessment tool  This tool is designed to help maternity providers measure their organisation's MSDS v2.0 implementation progress. This spans a baseline assessment, regular reviews and a final review to report successful implementation.  18.10.18