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Out of Area Placements (OAPs) in Mental Health Services: GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the Out of Area Placements (OAPs) in Mental Health Services system and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities)

Collection of details when patients are placed outside of their usual Community and Mental Health Team network of local services, for acute mental health service provision. This is for monitoring and ultimately reducing the numbers of patients in inappropriate out of area placements.

Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?


Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum from 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

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? Providers of mental health services via the Clinical Audit Platform (CAP).
The legal basis for collecting this data

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

Where NHS Digital uses this data


Out of Area Placements (OAPs)

This audit monitors OAPs in mental health services for adults in acute in patient care to support the government's ambition to stop them by 2020-21.