This statistical release presents the most recent monthly figures for NHS-funded maternity services in England, from data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).
This is the latest report from the newest version of the data set, MSDS.v.2, which has been in place since April 2019. The new data set was a significant change which added support for key policy initiatives such as continuity of carer, as well as increased flexibility through the introduction of new clinical coding. This was a major change, so data quality and coverage initially reduced from the levels seen in earlier publications. MSDS.v.2 data completeness improved over time, and we are looking at ways of supporting further improvements.
This publication also includes the National Maternity Dashboard. This month, Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts have been included in the National Maternity Dashboard for the first time. These can be accessed via the CQIM+ page in the dashboard.
Last month, three new data quality measures which accompany the CQIM Breastfeeding 6 to 8 weeks metric were included in this publication: CQIMDQ43, CQIMDQ44 and CQIMDQ45. Further information about this change can be found in the Data Quality Statement. This new data can be found in the Measures file available for download and further information on the new measures can be found in the accompanying Metadata file.
Data derived from SNOMED codes is used in some measures such as those for smoking at booking and delivery, and birth weight, and others 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 measure rates are calculated only where data quality is high enough. System suppliers are at different stages of development and delivery to trusts. In some cases, this has limited the aspects of data that can be submitted in the MSDS.
To help Trusts understand to what extent they met the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Maternity Incentive Scheme (MIS) Data Quality Criteria for Safety Action 2, we have been producing a CNST Scorecard Dashboard showing trust performance against this criteria. This dashboard, now rebranded as the Maternity and Neonatal Programme MSDS Data Quality Priorities dashboard, can be accessed via the link below, includes data for July 2023 which is the assessment month for several of the criteria - and also the most recent data, for October and November 2023.
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.
The percentages presented in this report are based on rounded figures and therefore may not total to 100%.
Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS): this is a patient-level data set that captures information about activity carried out by Maternity Services relating to a mother and baby(s), from the point of the first booking appointment until mother and baby(s) are discharged from maternity services. This is a secondary uses data set, which re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care.