The The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows health and social care organisations to provide assurance that they are undertaking good data security and that personal information is handled correctly. The T More (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 Also known as a data breach. A security incident where sensitive and personal information is copied, transmitted, viewed, or stolen. See also: Cyber Security Guidance. More 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.
The DSPT opens up potential access to shared systems, as the toolkit reassures NHS colleagues that care providers are operating to the same data security standards as NHS bodies. By completing the toolkit and achieving ‘Standards Met’, care providers can access the following systems:
NHSmail is a free, secure email system available to care providers. NHS bodies require care providers to use secure email systems if they are communicating with them. To access NHSmail, care providers should reach ‘Approaching Standards’ or above on the toolkit.
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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