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Clinical Quality Improvement Metric Update

UPDATE 12/03/2021

The Clinical Quality Improvement Metric (CQIM) data within the measures CSV datafile has been updated since original publication. This has been done to include the recently developed CQIMs on Robson groups, to include some recent changes to Snomed derivations which affects the data used in the smoking and Apgar score measures and to standardise the presentation of some of the data between the CSV and the measures as displayed in the Maternity dashboard.

12 March 2021 09:30 AM


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics August 2020, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for August 2020, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).

This is the latest report from the new version of the data set, MSDSv2. The new data set is a significant change which adds support for key policy initiatives such as personalised care plans and continuity of carer, as well as increased flexibility through the introduction of new clinical coding. This is a major change, so data quality and coverage has reduced from the levels seen in previous publications.

The data derived from SNOMED codes is still being developed. We have included data on smoking at booking and birth weight and others such as BMI and alcohol consumption will follow in later publications. SNOMED data is also included in some of the published Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs) where rules have been applied to ensure rates are calculated only where data quality is high enough. System suppliers are at different stages of developing their new solution and delivering that to trusts. In some cases this has limited the aspects of data that could be submitted to NHS Digital.

Data by organisation on the number of women placed on a Continuity of Carer pathway by 29 weeks gestation can be found in the measures file available for download. Filtered data looking at placement of black and Asian women, and women from the most deprived decile of areas, will be published alongside this in coming months.

Statistics on Continuity of Carer have been published to provide data submitters and users with insight into the quality and completeness of their data, with a view to improving this ahead of formal measurement in March 2021 and beyond. Due to variations in data quality and completeness, these statistics may not accurately reflect the true number of women placed on a Continuity of Carer pathway at this early stage of development. A numerator and denominator will be shown for all providers, but only providers that score 5% or more will be included in the national-level rate, as a basic test for data quality. Data Quality assessment criteria will be developed further in coming months.

These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution. Experimental statistics are new official statistics undergoing evaluation. More information about experimental statistics can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website.

126 successful submissions

For August 2020 data, 126 providers successfully submitted data with 110 submitting data on births.

This is all expected from NHS trusts.

51,085 bookings in August 2020.

51,085 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 66% were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of the trusts that submitted booking data, there were 33,800 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

39,765 births reported

We received data relating to 39,220 deliveries of 39,765 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 53,000 births each month.

NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2018-2019 (NHS Digital) 

Births in England and Wales: 2019 (Office for National Statistics)

53% of deliveries were spontaneous

53% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 12% had instrumental assistance, 13% were elective caesarean sections and 17% were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 15 December 2021 9:50 am