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There are fantastic benefits to embracing technology and working securely online in health and social care.

Technology can enhance integration and enable greater and faster information sharing. This allows us to improve the quality of care and support provided. Examples include,

  • Personalised care planning
  • Transfers of care
  • Viewing medications,

The individuals we support can also fully participate and have better access and input into their records.

However, as we use technology more, we must continue to do all we can to keep people’s information safe and secure. Particularly, ensuring that disruption to care and support at best is avoided or that any disruption is minimised.

A cyber attack is any attack on technology. For example, on mobiles, computers or online. We all know that this can happen, but often it is difficult to know what to do to prevent a cyber attack. Or what to do when one happens.

For this reason, we collaborated with NHS Digital’s Social Care Programme, the Care Provider Alliance, Skills for Care and the National Cyber Security Centre to produce guidance.  It is aimed at helping small care providers with their cyber security.

You can download the guide in our latest guidance.