The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards.

All organisations that have access to NHS patient data and systems must use this toolkit to provide assurance that they are practising good data security and that personal information is handled correctly.

This system is subject to ongoing development.

What's new?

DSPT Independent Assurance and Audit 2021-22 (updated 12/5/22 - new functionality available)

Guidance for all NHS Trusts, CSUs and DHSC Arms Length Bodies to have a DSPT Audit to the required mandatory scope and framework methodology.

System changes and release notes (updated 12 May 2022)

A high-level summary of recent changes is provided here for reference

Toolkit webinar slides (Updated 09 May 2022)

Presentation slides from recent Webinar sessions including a video of the 05052002 Webinar.

National Data Guardian guidance on the appointment of Caldicott Guardians, their role and responsibilities and new free online learning (03 May 2022)

Details and links to updated guidance and free online learning

Remember to complete and publish your toolkit self-assessment by 30 June 2022

Deadline for 2021-22 toolkit self-assessment publication

Nominations are open for the National Health and Care Information Governance Annual Awards 2022

Details of the National Health and Care Information Governance Annual Awards 2022