DSPT and NHSmail
The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is a free, online self-assessment for health and care providers to evaluate and improve their data and cyber security.
The DSPT will help ensure your policies and systems are secure and meet data security and CQC requirements. It will also help you manage risks and share information with other health and care services with peace of mind.
A new version of the DSPT for social care will launch in October 2020 that’s specifically designed for adult social care providers. There will be lots of useful guidance linked to the Digital Social Care website, relevant for all types of care and support services, including residential and nursing homes, supported living, homecare, extra care, shared lives and day services. The new version of the DSPT will be relevant for services for older people and equally for services for adults of working age.
A programme of support for the sector will also launch in October. This will include resources and assistance to help all adult social care providers, with a specific focus on small and medium-sized organisations registered with CQC. More details will be provided in early to mid-September.
All CQC-registered care providers are expected to register with Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) by Wednesday 30th September 2020.
If you are not CQC-registered, you do not have to complete the DSPT but may choose to do so as good practice.
If you have already registered with DSPT, you do not need to do anything.
If you would like to access to NHS systems, such as NHSmail, you must complete the DSPT. This includes if you are involved in a local initiative which involves the use of NHSmail.
It is quick and simple to register by providing your contact details and your ODS code https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/latest-guidance/how-to-find-your-ods-code/
Full guidance on how to register can be found here: https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/latest-guidance/registering-for-the-data-security-and-protection-toolkit/
General guidance around DSPT can be found here: https://www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk/latest-guidance/