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: firstname.lastname@example.org
As of February 2022 - The Digital Social Care helpline number is changing to: 0808 196 4848.
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.
The Entry Level DSPT standard was withdrawn on the 1 March 2021 and replaced by a new 'Approaching Standards' level.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.
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.
What is the DSPT?
Guidance on how to complete the DSPT
- DSPT Getting Started Guide
- Registration guidance
- Standards Met guidance
- Video guides for completing the DSPT
- Getting Started Webinar recordings
Action Plans to help you complete the DSPT
- DSPT Action Plan - Data Security
- DSPT Action Plan - IT Systems and Devices
- DSPT Action Plan - Policies and Procedures
- DSPT Action Plan - Staffing and Roles
- Organisation profile questions – Guidance for social care organisations