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?

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Standard for 2020-21 (16 September 2020)

Details of The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) Standard for 2020-21.

Improvement plans guidance (16th September 2020)

Guidance for NHS Trusts, CCGs, CSUs, Local Authorities and ALBS who want to publish an Improvement plan with their submission.

Toolkit training and update events (10 September 2020)

Dial in details for our training and update events through to September 2020.

Nominations are open for the National Health and Social Care Information Governance Annual Awards 2020 (11th September 2020)

Only a couple of weeks to go until the deadline! Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their hard Information Governance work?

National data opt-out deadline has been extended to 31 March 2021(11th September 2020)

Following the announcement of the extension to the deadline of the national data opt out (, evidence item 1.4.4 of the 19-20 Data Security and Protection Toolkit has been amended.

Toolkit webinar slides (Updated 08th September 2020)

Presentation slides and video from recent Webinar sessions