Masterclass: Adopting Digital Social Care Records – Getting it Right the First Time
Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Edit 25 August 2021: This news article is from October 2020 and may now contain information which is out of date. We recommend looking at our more recent articles or at the Data Security and Protection Toolkit page.
Poor data and cyber security practices can expose social care providers to the risk of giving unauthorised access to personal data and can leave IT systems and devices vulnerable to attack from cyber criminals. In turn, this can lead to reputational damage, potential financial penalties and serious disruption to the service offered to those in their care.
Care providers can help to protect their IT systems and safeguard personal data by using NHS Digital’s self-assessment tool for data and cyber security. The Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT) has been specifically redesigned to meet the needs of adult social care providers. Lots of helpful guidance to accompany the launch is available on our website.
The DSPT will help care providers to demonstrate to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), local councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that they meet relevant requirements. It will also give care providers access to shared care records and other services, including NHSmail, enabling them to be part of a joined-up care network with the interests of the people they support and care for at the centre.
Across the country, CCGs and local councils are already supporting adult social care providers with the DSPT. Their efforts are set to be supplemented by a national programme offering additional support across England. The programme will launch this month and will be called Better Security, Better Care.
National Support – starting October 2020
Local Support – starting December 2020 or January 2021
The Better Security, Better Care programme will be delivered by care associations or other similar local care sector organisations, working closely with their local councils and CCGs. The overall aim is that, by October 2021, all CQC registered adult social care services in England will have completed the DSPT or be well on the way to doing so. Services that are not CQC registered, such as day services, will also be able to take up some of the support.
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