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Measures file

Please note that the following measures have been reissued following an update to their methodology. It was found that a small volume of data for some providers was included in the numerator where it should have been excluded. The impact of this is a small reduction in the rate for the affected providers:

  • PCSP_All_Pathways and supporting data quality measure: PCSP_DQ04
  • CQIMSmokingDelivery and supporting data quality measures: CQIMDQ06 and CQIMDQ07

10 December 2021 09:30 AM


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics July 2021, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for July 2021, 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.

This month we have introduced the following new measures:

• Birth settings, transfers and mode

• BMI at 14+1 weeks

In addition, we have reinstated the following Care Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs) following a methodological change:

• Smoking at Booking

• Smoking at Delivery

• CQIMDQ04-07

These can all be found in the 'Measures' file. Please see the Metadata file for further details.

This month, data quality measures to validate the data used for the measures counting the number of women receiving Continuity of Carer support and counting the number of women with Personalised Care and Support Plans have been included for the first time and can be found in the measures file available for download. Information on the construction of these new data quality tests and how they have been applied to the existing Continuity of Carer and Personalised Care Plan measures can be found in the metadata file available for download. Similar changes were already implemented for the measure counting the number of women placed on a Continuity of Carer pathway by 29 weeks gestation in the June 2021 publication.

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.

122 successful submissions

For July 2021 data, 122 providers successfully submitted data with 122 submitting data on births.

This is one less than expected from NHS trusts

54,465 bookings in July 2021

54,465 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 62% were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of the trusts that submitted booking data, there were 33,620 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

48,755 births reported

We received data relating to 48,110 deliveries of 48,755 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)

54% of deliveries were spontaneous

54% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 11% had instrumental assistance, 13% were elective caesarean sections and 17% were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 9 December 2021 11:26 am