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Patterns of Maternity Care in English NHS Hospitals


RCOG Logo The Clinical Indicators Project is a programme of work that aims to develop clinically relevant, methodologically robust performance indicators for obstetric and gynaecological care using currently available data. This information will be used to inform quality improvement initiatives and provide comparative benchmarking for women’s health services across the UK.


This project is being carried out in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The first report on Patterns of Maternity Care in English NHS Hospitals is now available.

The report presents a series of eleven indicators that can be used to compare the performance of English maternity units. It is the first of what will be an annual account by the RCOG of variation in care delivered to women during childbirth.