The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) - Hampshire Care Association

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Free Support is avaliable to help ALL CQC registered Care Providers complete the Data Secruity Protection Toolkit

The Data Security Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is an online data protection assessment. It is a compulsory requirement to complete the DSPT assessment if you:

  • Have an NHS Mail Account
  • Have access to any NHS digital records
  • Contract with the NHS


All CQC registered care providers will need to complete this data protection assessment (regardless of whether or not you have an existing NHS Mail Account).

Some of you will already be familiar with the DSPT, but all care providers need to take action (even if you have made a DSPT submission in the last 12 months). Here at the Hampshire Care Association, we are part of a national programme to assist care providers with this process.

To find out what you need to do next, see next steps page

Keep your Data Security and Protection Toolkit up to date: Deadline for 2023/24 is 30 June 2024

One of the lessons we have learned from the Covid pandemic, is that things can change very rapidly.

Ways of working and communicating with colleagues, families and people using care services have transformed, with increasing numbers of us using digital technology to keep in touch and share information.

And of course that brings many benefits. But are you confident that your care services’ policies, procedures and training have kept up with your changes in practice?

You can use the Data Security and Protection ToolkitThe Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows health and social care organisations to provide assurance that they are undertaking good data security and that personal information is handled correctly.  The T More (DSPT) to check and improve your current data and cyber security arrangements.

Because things change so much in the data and tech world, care providers need to complete the DSPT at least once a year. If you don’t, your DSPT is not valid and cannot be used as evidence of the standard that you reach.

The deadline for DSPT submissions for 2023/24 is 30 June. So time is ticking.

If you’ve never used the DSPT before, or you need to review and republish, start now. Our team on the Better Security, Better Care programme provides a range of support. So get some help and get your DSPT up to date.

You can:

Book to attend a Better Security, Better Care webinar
Access free resources
Get tailored local support

Your local Better Security, Better Care partners offer support, including a step-by-step guide through your own DSPT entry. Find your local Better Security, Better Care partner

Do you require support with DSPT or NHS Mail? – please feel free to use our enquiry form