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We recommend that you use NHS Digital’s Data Security and Protection Toolkit. It is a free, online self-assessment of your compliance with:

It is not just about your technology. It is about any information you hold about any person – staff, residents or visitors.

Who should complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit?

Please check our FAQ for up-to-date details on who is mandated to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

When to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit must be completed every year. It runs annually from 1st April – 31st March. This means that it is a rolling process. You can go in and out of the online Toolkit throughout the year and can make updates at any time.

What are the different levels of compliance?

The Care Provider Alliance worked with NHS Digital and the Department of Health and Social Care to create an ‘Entry Level’ for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. This is only available for social care providers.

Entry Level was developed in recognition of how new this requirement is for our sector.

Completing Entry Level

We have produced a how-to guide and a range of templates to help you complete Entry Level. You can find these here.

If you are commissioner who is supporting care providers to complete the toolkit in your region, we also have materials for you to use.

You can find these here.

Completing Standards Met

We have produced a how-to guide and a range of templates to hep you to complete Standards Met. You can find these here.