Ashford and St Peter’s adopts digital writing technology for new
Maternity Pathway Tariff
26 March 2013
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey, UK,
has installed digital writing technology and smartphones in its
maternity department to help it comply with the the UK Department of
Health's new Maternity Pathway Tariff, which comes into effect on 1
The Trust is using Anoto's digital writing technology in
combination with DevelopIQ’s PaperIQ platform and Blackberry
smartphones to record Payment by Results (PbR) and Maternity Pathway
Tariff data and share it electronically reducing the amount of paper
work. Information is now shared digitally with governing bodies at
the touch of a button.
Under the new Maternity Pathway Tariff, the maternity pathway is
split into three periods: antenatal, birth and postnatal episodes.
At the start of each period, the expectant mother will be assessed
and assigned a level of care, after which the trusts will receive
one payment per period based on the assessment treatment level.
These are set to Standard, Intermediate and Intensive. Once the
assessment is complete, each Trust is responsible for determining
how many visits the expecting mothers will make during the course of
the pregnancy and the type of treatment that they will receive.
“With the NHS mandatory maternity activity coding changing in
April 2013, we decided to meet this challenge by procuring a digital
pen solution that will allow midwives to capture risk assessment
data for expectant mothers. Without this information, the Trust
could be paid at a lower tariff for high risk patients, leading to a
substantial loss of income,” said Ashford St. Peter’s NHS Foundation
Trust’s Head of Informatics Programme Management, Laura
“Maternity units across the UK will need to comply to both the
PbR and Maternity Pathway Tariff by 1st of April, leading to a major
shift in the way trusts are being paid and the way in which they
need to collect information to ensure they are receiving the correct
payments,” says DevelopIQ business development manager, Claire
Other trusts using the system include Sheffield Hospitals
Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, Leicester NHS Foundation Trust and
Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust.