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Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS): GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities) Collection of information about the care of children, young people and adults who are in contact with mental health, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder services. This information is collected across hospital, primary care and community services.
Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?

See the data release register for more details.

Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 20 years minimum after no longer required
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent not the basis for processing. Patient preference available via opt out.

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? NHS funded mental health, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders service providers
The legal basis for collecting this data

Legal obligation (Direction) and management of health and social care systems