MSDS v2.0 submission dates
Data submissions for Maternity Services are based upon fixed period reporting. There is a period of approximately two months for each submission to be undertaken. Data submissions are required on a monthly basis, the timetable for which is shown below.
Data submissions for Maternity Services Data Set v2.0
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MSDS v2.0 XML Schema & Intermediate Database (IDB)
The MSDS is submitted to NHS Digital using an XML file that is compliant with the MSDS v2.0 XML Schema, or alternatively using the MSDS intermediate database (IDB) tool.
Providers of maternity services must submit data submission files to NHS Digital’s secure online submission portal, Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS).
The MSDS v2.0 XML schema can be found on Technology Reference Data Update Distribution (TRUD) at: NHS Data Model and Dictionary: DD XML Schemas.
The IDB is located via the ‘Data Set Development Services Tools’ link under the heading ‘Categories’. New users will need to click on ‘licenses’ which will enable you to ‘subscribe’ to access the ‘download’ link to open.
If you are not already registered on TRUD, you can register via the link on the TRUD homepage.
To note, the MSDS v2.0 IDB will replace the MSDS v1.5 Conversion Tool. The IDB for v2.0 of the MSDS can be downloaded but SHOULD NOT be used for any submission files for the existing MSDS v1.5; the IDB for MSDS v2.0 can start being used for submission of April 2019 data when the new submission portal opens in May 2019.