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Maternity Services Data Set

The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) is the national information standard for data relating to NHS-funded maternity services.

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Standard type
  • Data definitions and terminologies
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.

Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.

Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.

Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.

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Topics and care settings

  • Reference data
Care setting
  • Maternity

Dependencies and related standards


No known dependencies

Related standards
  • SCCI1069 Community Services Data Set (CSDS)
  • DCB0011 Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)
  • ISB0149-02 NHS Number for Secondary Care
  • ISB0149 NHS Number
  • SCCI0021 International Classification of Diseases
  • ISB0092 Commissioning Data Sets (CDS)
  • DCB0090 Health and Social Care Organisation Reference Data
  • ISB1553 Read Clinical Terms Version 2 (Deprecated)
  • ISB1552 Read Clinical Terms Version 3 (Deprecated)
  • SCCI0075 Neonatal Critical Care Minimum Dataset
  • ISB 1555 Birth Notifications
  • DCB3017 Overseas Visitor Charging Category
  • SCCI2112 FGM Risk Indication System (FGM RIS) - Local System Integration

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
Quality assurance

This standard was approved by the Data Coordination Board (legacy) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).

Not applicable

Page last updated: 22 November 2022