Better Security, Better Care (DSPT)


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.


Contacts for further support:

SCA DSPT Team: Phil Ellis Martin, Alan Willmott & Lisa Mack.

Email Address:

Tel:  07547 159443

What do I do next?

The DSPT has been criticised as being too technical and difficult to understand, so many of the questions have been simplified or updated to reflect the world we work in at the moment (eg using more mobile devices) or have been removed all together. As you have published the DSPT before at Standards Met, this should not take you too long to do. You will need to sign into your DSPT account and answer the new questions.. Any questions that have not been changed from the previous version will have your answers carried over. Once you have answered the new questions and confirmed each section (remember you only need to complete those marked ' Mandatory') you can republish the toolkit for the coming year.
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The Entry Level DSPT standard was withdrawn on the 1 March 2021 and replaced by a new 'Approaching Standards' level. Approaching Standards requires more work than Entry Level. We recommend that all Care Providers currently at Entry Level work towards completing the DSPT to Standards Met, particularly if you have an NHS Mail account. You have until the 30 June 2021 to do this. The DSPT Toolkit was updated on the 1 December and many questions have either been removed, rewitten or simplified. We are here to support you with this.
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The DSPT is an online toolkit which you are required to complete if you have access to any NHS data systems (including NHS Mail). As we increasingly work in a digital world the NHS intends to further open its systems to Adult Social Care providers. By having access to the NHS's digital systems it will transform the way we deliver care but in order to do this, providers must be able to demonstrate that they have adequate Data Protection policies in place. This is where the Toolkit comes in.
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View the frequently asked questions and answers now.
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What is the DSPT?

Guidance on how to complete the DSPT

Action Plans to help you complete the DSPT



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Webinars for the DSPT are being offered as below:

JULY 2021

  • Thursday 1 July: 09:30 – 10:30hrs What’s in it for me?  Register Here

  • Thursday 1 July: 14:00 – 15:30hrs DSPT for Domiciliary Care Providers - Register Here

  • Thursday 15 July: 10:00 – 11:00hrs Data Security and Protection Toolkit NOW  - Register Here

  • Tuesday 27 July: 10:00 – 11:00hrs ‘How to’ Presentation - Register Here

  • Tuesday 27 July: 14:00 – 15:30hrs DSPT – Registration  - Register Here


  • Wednesday 4 August: 4:00 – 15:00hrs Data Security and Protection Toolkit NOW  - Register Here

  • Thursday 12 August: 10:00 – 11:00hrs What’s in it for me?          Register Here

  • Thursday 12 August: 14:00 – 15:30hrs DSPT for Learning Disability Care Providers - Register Here

  • Thursday 19 August: 10:00 – 11:00hrs ‘How to’ Presentation - Register Here

  • Thursday 19 August: 14:00 – 15:30hrs   DSPT for Care Homes - Register Here


All Webinars are Free - Simple Registration – Join from the comfort of your office or own home -Bring your cuppa!


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