The BNA is a product owned by NHS Digital which provides a user interface into the Personal Demographics Service (PDS).
The BNA is designed to allow maternity units and child health units to notify births to the respective parties. To achieve this objective the BNA allows authorised users to either:
- find the mother’s record on the PDS and use the details from that record in the birth notification - this is the normal and preferred method of use
- allocate an NHS Number (with a skeleton PDS record) for a mother that does not currently have a PDS record and use the newly entered details on the birth notification
- process the birth notification without entering the mother’s NHS Number - the personal details of the mother will still need to be entered manually in the birth notification