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Maternity Standard

The PRSB has produced a standard for maternity care records, which will mean that information from a record can be understood by all IT systems in use across the country, enabling the seamless exchange of information regardless of local maternity system boundary.

Standardised records will save time for health and care professionals and pregnant women by ensuring they have the necessary information in the right place at the right time, to make decisions for safer care. It will also support mothers in managing their own maternity information, giving them more personalised and focussed appointments with healthcare professionals and helping midwives and clinicians to provide holistic care.

  • Institute of Health Visiting
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Physicians 
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • techUK


We are updating the standard to reflect improvements being made to maternity and perinatal care, and have outlined a plan to engage various stakeholders with an interest in improving maternity care to make sure that the revised standard works for everyone. Find out more about our consultations here.

The Maternity Standard

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The ISN informs service providers that the maternity standard must be adopted and gives the time frame for doing this, along with the relevant guidance materials. In the process of gaining an ISN the maternity record standard has been updated. The updates ensure that the maternity standard aligns with the healthy child standard. The value sets have been improved with new SNOMED reference sets and there are revisions to the SNOMED and NHS data dictionary terms.

Supporting documentation

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IHRIM record correction guidance

Despite vigilance when filing information in records, mistakes can occur. The Institute of Health Records and Information Management has guidance to support professionals in making corrections following errors.