Do I need to use the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to access shared health and care systems?

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 systems such as:

  • GP Connect
  • Local shared care records
  • Proxy access to GP records
  • Proxy access for medication ordering
  • Summary care records

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.

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