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?

Toolkit webinars and update events (25 November 2022)

Dial in details for our training and update events.

National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards Winners (18th November 2022)

The winners are announced for the 2022 National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards.

Improvement Plans - Instructions for 2021-2022 (26 May 2022)

Guidance to support NHS Trusts, CCGs, CSUs, Local Authorities and DHSC Arm's Length Bodies to submit a DSPT improvement plan. Updated as reporting arrangements.

Big Picture Guides PDF Versions

Big Picture Guides PDF Versions now available, as requested by the community.

DSPT Independent Assurance and Audit 2022-23 (Updated 29 September 2022)

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

Toolkit webinar slides (Updated 29 September 2022)

Including video and presentation slides from recent Webinar sessions on 8th 21st and 29th September on the DPO Webinar and video of the webinar on the 23rd September 2022.