Update on Data Security and Protection

Update on Data Security and Protection

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is a free, online self-assessment for health and care providers to evaluate and improve their data and cyber security. The DSPT will help ensure your policies and systems are secure and meet data security and CQC requirements. It will also help you manage risks and share information with other health and care services with peace of mind.

A new version of the DSPT for social care will launch in October that’s specifically designed for adult social care providers. There will be lots of useful guidance linked to the Digital Social Care website, relevant for all types of care and support services, including residential and nursing homes, supported living, homecare, extra care, shared lives and day services. The new version of the DSPT will be relevant for services for older people and equally for services for adults of working age.

A programme of support for the sector will also launch in October. This will include resources and assistance to help all adult social care providers, with a specific focus on small and medium-sized organisations registered with CQC. More details will be provided in early to mid-September.

Register now

All adult social care providers in England who have not already registered with the DSPT should do so by 30th September 2020, so that we can let you know when the new version of the DSPT has launched and how to access support.

You can follow our guidance on how to register.

Please note that, due to routine website maintenance, you will not be able to register over the weekend of 22nd/23rd August 2020.

Funding for local care sector organisations

Funding is available for care associations and other similar organisations to promote the DSPT and deliver the new programme of support both locally and regionally. Expressions of interest are now invited, with a deadline for return of 10am on Tuesday 1st September 2020. Please see further details at Funding for care associations and other similar organisations.

Job advertisement: Delivery Manager

Could you play a key national role in supporting and coordinating the local delivery of the new programme of support? If so, please review the job description and details of how to apply here.

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