It is really important that we have good data security in our organisations. This is because it is vital that people trust us to share and use their information safely and appropriately. This is true whether the information is stored and shared on paper or digitally.

Over the last couple of years, the need for health and care organisations to show that we can share information safely has grown. This is due to a combination of regulatory, policy and legislative changes. The boxes below all have information on what your organisation can do to protect the information you hold.

We recommend using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to assess your data security compliance. Completing the Toolkit to Standards Met is the minimum compliance level that health and social care organisations need to meet to take part in national shared care records projects like the Summary Care Record pilot.

If you need additional guidance on information governance, we recommend the NHSX IG portal where you can easily find guidance which is relevant to social care.

If the pages below do not answer your questions, please contact us and we are happy to help!