collection of good perinatal data is a principal
aim of the Perinatal Institute, as it underlies the
study of the causes of adverse outcomes and the work
towards effective strategies for their prevention.
It is also essential for the provision of the most
cost-effective and efficient service. For this purpose,
we are developing MANNERS. The initiative is supported
by West Midlands Specialist Services Agency.
uses a core dataset based largely on data, which
has already been defined. Fine-tuning
is done through an iterative process of multidisciplinary
consultation and field-testing in maternal and neonatal
units. The Perinatal Institute’s IT unit programs
the software and updates and amends the data fields
as required. As the software runs on the central
server, all units use the most up to date version.
standard Perinatal Dataset consists of the following
- Maternity data
incl. information required for NHS Numbers for
- Neonatal data,
adapted from the BAPM dataset
Screening data incl. recommendations of UK
National Screening Committee
- Paediatric High Dependency Care data, preliminary dataset in progress
MANNERS Information leaflet
The Perinatal Institute has issued an information leaflet about the
maternity dataset and MANNERS functionality.
to download a copy in Adobe PDF format (1.6Mb)
demonstration modules are available however
they are only accessible from sites that have an
NHSNet connection (not available from a public
If you have any further queries regarding the MANNERS
project, please contact Nicola Beamish
The Perinatal Institute has a Confidentiality Policy which relates to all data held by the Institute. The Policy can be viewed here. Request for data requires completion of the appropiate Data Request Form which can be downloaded from here.
Mother and Baby Data - Consent Protocol
The Perinatal Institute has developed a regional protocol for secondary data.