Data Security and Protection ToolKit (DSPT)

DCHC, in partnership with the ICB and the Better Security Better Care, are offering free local support to care providers to evaluate and improve their data and cyber security and complete an annual, online self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT).

Better Security, Better Care is a national and local support programme to help adult social care providers to store and share information safely. It covers paper and digital records and focuses on helping care providers to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit – the annual, online self-assessment.

Downloadable Resources: 

As a care provider, the programme will help you to evaluate and improve your data and cyber security. This means you can reassure the people you support and their families, your staffcommissioners, CQC regulators, local authorities and health and care partners, that you are following good practice – and meeting legal and regulatory requirements.

You do not have to be a data or digital expert to get support. The programme can support you – wherever you are on your data security journey. And it has been confirmed that the programme will continue through 2024/2025.

Your DSPT Journey

Step One:  Get Started and Register

If you have never started the DSPT, or maybe have done some work on it in previous years, come along to one of our introductory sessions to get started. 

Getting Started Webinar sessions are being held by our national team

Using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit for the first time sign up here

Review and Republish your toolkit sign up here

What we will cover

  • What is the toolkit?
  • Why should we register?
  • What does it offer and the benefits?
  • How to register
  • How to access your ODS Code

Step Two : Tailored 1-2-1 support and guidance

If you've already made a start to the DSPT and would like some support answering the questions, then we are offering tailored 1-2-1 sessions, which have proved to be very time efficient, in order to support you. 

We will cover all sections of the Toolkit, broken down, question by question.

These are 2 hour sessions, we can take longer if needed, we work at your speed and are happy to host additional sessions if needed 

Please contact myself or Carla directly for assistance or to book in - or


NB: For these sessions you need to already have registered with the DSPToolkit and have your ICO registration in place.

If you need any assistance whilst completing the DSPT, we have also launched a local helpline to assist you with any questions and signposting to resources.

DSPT Devon, Plymouth and Torbay helpline: 01626 912620 

The helpline is open from 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday

Digital Resources

Sharing Care Records via e-mail

A guide to getting a secure email system including NHSmail

Latest Guidance from Digital Care Hub

A collection of useful guidance from Digital Social Care including contract guidance, template policies, information sharing during Covid-19, documenting data processing and information on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

How to Register for NHS Mail

A guide to get you started with NHS Mail, benefits and user guide.

Multi Factor Authentication for NHS Mail 

The latest update on MFA from NHS Mail, how will this affect your organistation and deadline dates.

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