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Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014


This research aims to increase understanding of the associations between mental disorders and (1) experiencing sexual violence and (2) perpetrating domestic violence.

Our previous work has highlighted several evidence gaps regarding a potential association between mental disorders and domestic and sexual violence. These include a lack of evidence regarding (i) associations between experiences of sexual violence and mental disorder (Oram et al 2017); and (ii) associations between recent perpetration of domestic violence and mental disorder (Oram et al 2014). We will use the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey to begin to address these gaps. The survey has important strengths relative to other datasets: it uses a nationally representative sample of households in England and Wales, has a relatively large sample size, and collects data on a wide range of variables.

Privacy Notice

This work is being undertaken by Health Service and Population Research Department, which is part of King’s College London. King’s College London is the Data Controller for your information.  This privacy notice explains how we use your personal information and your rights regarding that information

What information are you collecting?

The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) series provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorder in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). The 2014 survey is the fourth in a series and was conducted by NatCen Social Research, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, for NHS Digital.

Approval to access APMS 2014 data was acquired by the Health Services & Population Research Department, King’s College London and a Data Sharing Agreement is in place.

The dataset provided to King’s College London by NHS Digital contains limited personal information that could potentially allow participants in the study to be identified. However, the risk is considered very small, making this highly unlikely.

Why are you collecting my data?

Researchers at the Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London are conducting a quantitative study with the overall aim of understanding the associations between mental disorders and (1) experiencing sexual violence; (2) perpetrating domestic violence. The study will utilise data from the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014, a nationally representative survey of mental health, to analyse these associations.  Use of data from the 2014 APMS will be purely a secondary analysis of anonymised data with no attempts to link back to the original sample.  Information is collected for the purpose of research only.

How will you use this data?

APMS data will be securely transferred from NHS Digital to King’s College London, where the data will be securely stored and processed. The dataset is anonymised and will contain no identifiers when it is transferred from NHS Digital to King’s College London.  No further data flows will occur. 

Although the analysis conducted by King’s College London will not identify any individual from the data provided to it by NHS Digital, we take great care in protecting it. There are strict contractual standards imposed by NHS Digital as the data provider that we adhere to. These include storing the APMS data on OneDrive, where it is encrypted in storage and back up, and restricting access to approved research staff only. As legally required, the data is not kept for longer than needed and is securely destroyed at an agreed date (see below).

All information collected will be handled with care and in compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998), the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) (GDPR), and the university’s Research Data Management Policy.

Data will be analysed using appropriate statistical software and key findings will be written up for publication in academic journals in an anonymised format. All published results will be at the aggregate level and will only be used to draw population-level inferences.

What is the legal basis for processing the data?

Public Task

King’s College London’s legal basis for processing personal data under GDPR is function of a public task (by a public organisation) as set out in Article 6(1), point (e) (“necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”) and Article 9(2), point (j) (“necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes”).

If you are sharing my data with others, who are you sharing it with?

Data will only be accessible by approved King’s College London research staff and will not be transferred to or shared with any other parties.

How long will process my data for?

Data will be retained until the 14th September 2021 in order to complete the study’s objectives and to allow for changes to the study’s outputs in the event that reviewers request additional processing or analysis.

What are my rights and how can I enforce them?

  • Right      to be informed
  • Right      of access
  • Right      to restrict processing
  • Right      to object
  • Rights     related to automated decision-making including processing

The National Data Opt-out Programme is not applicable in relation to this study. Requests for data opt-out under this programme cannot be fulfilled as data is non-identifiable and cannot be associated with individual requestors.

How do I complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office?

The Information Commissioner can be contacted on:

Post: Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK95AF. 
Tel: 0303 123 1113. 
Email contact can be made by accessing 

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