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Resources for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

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Welcome Data Security and Protection Toolkit

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What is the Data Security and Protection Toolkit?

“The DSPT is an online self-assessment tool for data security, supporting organisations to ensure that they have the right processes and practices in place to manage and hold data safely” NHS 2020.

Video available online from Digital Social Care 

It is compulsory to successfully complete the DSPT if you have an NHSmail account. It is highly recommended that all CQC registered care providers complete this data protection assessment (regardless of whether or not you have an existing NHSmail Account). 

What are the benefits of the DSPT?

  • Digital solutions e.g. proxy access to GP records and NHSmail

  • Increasingly becoming a contractual requirement of providing services to CCG and Local Authorities

  • Completion of the DSPT enables compliance with various legal requirements and legislation

  • Can be linked to CQC KLOEs – one step towards becoming an Outstanding provider

  • Ensures your organisation is safe with its data and cyber security

  • Opportunity to audit processes, systems and policies

  • Reassurance to staff and clients – which shows you take your data protection seriously

  • Accredited and understood by the wider system


DSPT Flow Chart


Working Together in Partnership: Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire

Our program of FREE local support focuses on the needs of small and medium-sized care providers and services that are registered with CQC. Our FREE support includes webinars, interactive online workshops, and  1:1 tailored support sessions. All are available to Care Providers within Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire.


Contact us on 01235 248085 or email us [email protected]

    • Let us know what your query is and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


For further information about NHSmail for Care Providers please check out the Digital Social Care Website
This offer of support is part of the Better Security, Better Care programme, funded by NHSX to support data and cyber security across the adult social care provider sector.