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 webinar slides (Updated 23 June 2022)

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

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.

Toolkit webinars and update events (20 June 2022)

Dial in details for our training and update events.

System changes and release notes (updated 10 June 2022)

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

Data Security and Protection Toolkit (version 4) 2021-22 (Updated 9 June)

Overview of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (version 4) 2021-22 requirements, including downloadable spreadsheet. Updated to reflect national data opt-out changes

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.