The PRSB is working with NHS Digital and the Royal College of Physicians to develop a standard for maternity records, to ensure that key information about pregnancy can be shared digitally between care providers.

What is the aim of the project?

The goal of the standardised maternity record is to ensure that this information can be easily shared, ultimately delivering safer care for both women and their babies.

How are the PRSB involved?

Working with the Royal College of Physicians Health Informations Unit (HIU), we conducted workshops to gather feedback on the standardised headings. Following the workshops, we held a nationwide survey seeking views from health professionals and parents to help us determine how the information should be recorded.

The work follows on from the national maternity review, which recommended that NHS England and the National Information Board (NIB) should support the national roll out of digital, sharable maternity records for professional use, combined with support for a digital tool (or personal health record) for women as an urgent priority.

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Project start date: 1st October
Projected completion date: Spring 2018

Consultation process
Survey 1: Dec 2017 - 22 Jan 2018 (closed)
Survey 2:  February 2018 - 19th March 2018 (closed)
Workshop 1: 9th November 2017
Workshop 2: 14th December 2017

UPDATE: Maternity record workshops

Clinicians, professionals and women using maternity services recently gathered for two workshops. The first focusing on the information collected during booking-in and antenatal care.  The second workshop looked at intrapartum and post-natal care for women and babies.

Midwives, women, other clinicians and public health professionals shared their thoughts on what information needed to be recorded and where.

“Midwifery is all about creating a safe and personalised experience for women throughout their pregnancy. Having access to good quality, shareable records means that everyone will have access to information when they need it, meaning that women will get a better standard of care,” Donna Evans, midwife and programme manager, Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight