Maternity Services Monthly Statistics September 2020, experimental statistics
This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for September 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. This month, for the first time, filtered data looking at placement of black and Asian women, and women from the most deprived decile of areas, has been published alongside the main metric.
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. For the additional breakdowns, the focus on looking at placement of black and Asian women, and women from the most deprived decile of areas is in line with the Long Term Plan commitment that 75% of women from these groups should receive continuity of carer by 2024. 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.