Official Statistics

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics November and December 2017, Experimental statistics

November and December 2017 monthly publication of experimental statistics from the new Maternity Services Data set



Published: 29 March 2018 - These reports on NHS-funded maternity services in England for November and December 2017 use data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children. Data for two months are published at the same time as the data submission deadline was brought forward by one month with effect from the December 2017 submission. The time from receipt of data to publication has also been reduced.

The MSDS is a patient-level ‘secondary uses’ data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning and clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected include mother’s demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby’s demographics, diagnoses and screening tests. For each of November and December 2017, the following analysis files are published within the zip file ‘Additional experimental analysis using MSDS data’ for the relevant month due to low data quality and completeness:

  • Delivery method by previous births
  • Delivery method by Robson group
  • Smoking status at delivery (for births one month earlier)
  • Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents (for births one month earlier)
  • Antenatal pathway level
  • Births without intervention.

Each zip file also includes a spreadsheet bringing together counts relating to 11 of the 14 Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics that form part of NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme.

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.

Published 29 March 2018