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The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is a really helpful annual self-assessment for health and care organisations. It shows care providers what you need to do to keep people’s information safe, and to protect your business from the risk of a data breach or a cyber attack. It covers both paper and digital records.

When you complete the toolkit, you can publish and share information about the standard you have reached, and how you are improving your policies and practice.

NHSmail waiver

Because of COVID-19, there is a waiver which allows care providers to access NHSmail without using the DSPT. This waiver is in place until 30 June 2021.

If you use NHSmail or you want to have access to it, the most effective way of ensuring that you have ongoing access is to reach at least Approaching Standards.

Support and guidance: Better Security, Better Care programme

Better Security, Better Care is a national and local support programme to help care providers to improve their data and cyber security by completing the DSPT.

It includes a range of useful resources to help you to use the toolkit, as well as practical support from a network of local support partners across England, national support for large care providers, and a dedicated helpline.

Find out more about the Better Security, Better Care programme, including how to contact your local support group or the national team at Digital Social Care.

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