The MSDS provides reliable information for:
- payment of maternity services
- local and national monitoring
- reporting for effective commissioning
- monitoring outcomes
- addressing health inequalities
This data set supports the NHS England national maternity transformation programme. Our MSDS team report directly to this programme. Better births is the associated national maternity review paper, the five year forward view for maternity, and sets out the direction of change.
We have created an expert reference group to help develop an improved MSDS version 2. This will go live in 2019.
We continue to work to develop quality improvement metrics that help drive clinical quality improvement in services and patient outcomes. In doing this, we aim for better outcomes for babies, children and mothers.