How to use this site

Who is this website for, and what is its purpose?

The aim of this website is to provide healthcare professionals with meaningful, high-quality information so they can identify priority areas for improving outcomes for women and their babies. The suite of indicators covers various aspects of intrapartum maternity care. The results are available at both a national and a trust level, encompassing NHS maternity services in England.

Can I compare my trust to other trusts?

The website allows you to view results for a particular trust, and it is possible to compare the results from your trust to those of others. By using one of the search options available (alphabetical, name search or by region), select the trust you would like to compare your figures to and all data will be available for you to view.

You may wish to identify a ‘peer trust’ (perhaps one that serves a similar population to yours, is from the same geographical area, or has achieved a certain rate of a particular outcome of interest) with whom you can engage in a process of shared learning. If new programmes or initiatives have been implemented in response to the rates identified through this work, then there may be benefit to understanding how this has worked in other units, and to learn from each other about work currently underway to improve services.

What about hospital-level results?

Data is presented at trust level because, at present, there's no reliable way to separate out the information for the labour ward and alongside or freestanding midwifery-led units.

How should I interpret these results?

In order to gain a full understanding of their service, trusts should look at the whole pattern of their results and explore the relationships between the indicators, rather than focussing on individual results that may stand out as being high or low. Many of the indicators are inter-related (for example, a trust with a higher caesarean section rate may have a lower instrumental delivery rate) and as such it is important to consider all results together, rather than in isolation.

The full report contains sections on how to interpret the variation seen in each group of indicators; you may find this useful when considering your trust-level results. 

Where can I get more detail about the indicators?

Information about the detailed specifications and the coding used for all indicators can be found in the “Technical Documents” section of this website. Further details about how the indicators were initially derived and more information about the methodology used for these results can be found in the “feasibility report” and the “latest full report” respectively.

If you have any queries about the work, or you have been unable to find what you are looking for, please use the “Contact us” page to get in touch with the project team at the RCOG.