News and resources

System changes and release notes (updated 23 July 2021)

This page provides an overview of recent changes

Advance view of the Assertions and Evidence items for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit 2021-22

Prior to the full launch in the DSP Toolkit advance sight of the Assertions and Evidence items for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit 2021-22

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If you encounter this intermittent problem - please close your browser and try again. We are working with NHSmail to resolve this issue.

Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

Notified Incidents Reports 2021 Partial (7th July 2021)

Incidents notified to the Information Commissioner's Office via the Data Security and Protection Toolkit during Q1 and Q2 2021.

Toolkit webinar slides (Updated 13 July 2021)

Presentation slides from recent Webinar sessions

Nominations are open for the National Health and Social Care Information Governance Annual Awards 2021

Details about the SIGN Awards

Improvement Plans - Instructions for 2021 (01 July 2021)

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

Toolkit webinars and update events (25th June 2021)

Dial in details for our training and update events.

Update to the DSP Toolkit: National data opt-out non-mandatory for the 2020-21 DSP Toolkit and Spot Checks (10th May 2021)

The DSP Toolkit has been updated to make the evidence item 1.4.4. on the National Data Opt-Out non-mandatory for all sectors and advice on spot checks not being required to be physical events.

New DSP Toolkit support materials available for pharmacists (30th April 2021)

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has published a suite of new guidance to assist community pharmacy contractors with completing the Data Security and Protection Toolkit for 2020/21.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit (Version 3) 2020-21.

Details of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (Version 3) 2020-21.

Data Security & Protection Toolkit CCG Mergers Briefing (19th March 2021)

A briefing for CCGs who are merging about the DSP Toolkit

Changes to Entry level on the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (8th March 2021)

This applies to Charities, Dentists, NHS Business Partners, Opticians, Pharmacy and Researchers.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit: update for adult social care providers (Updated 4th March 2021)

This update is to tell you about changes to the social care view of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. This includes information about key actions to take, what changes you will see and support and guidance available.

Information about the Baseline submission for NHS Trusts, CCGs, CSUs and DHSC ALBs (5 February 2021)

A note about the Baseline submission for Acute trusts, Mental health trusts, Ambulance trusts, NHS Trusts providing community services, CCGs, CSUs and DHSC ALBs.

DSPT and Cyber Essentials Plus – Update January 2021

Applicable to NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts

Notified Incidents Reports 2020 (5th January 2021)

Incidents notified to the Information Commissioner's Office via the Data Security and Protection Toolkit during 2020.

Audits and Independent Assessments for Trusts and CCGs 2020-21(including NHS Digital-administered ones)

This communication is for all NHS Trusts and CCGs

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This optional functionality is now available

National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Awards 2020 Winners (19th November 2020)

The National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network (National SIGN) last night proudly announced the winners of its 2020 Information Governance Awards

DSP Toolkit Deadline Extension - Frequently asked questions (21 September 2020)

Lots of questions have been received about the extension to the DSP Toolkit deadline so they have been collated in an FAQ page.

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 (https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out), evidence item 1.4.4 of the 19-20 Data Security and Protection Toolkit has been amended.

Data Protection Impact Assessment (22 August 2020)

The Data Protection Impact Assessment for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit is available here

Barry Moult wins ICO Award for Excellence in Data Protection 2020 – “made possible by the support of colleagues”

NHS Information Governance professional wins prestigious ICO award.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Standard for 2019-20 (updated 4 May 2020)

Details of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit Standard for 2019-20 with updated evidence items to reflect the deadline extension.

New guidance available for DSPT Independent Assessment Providers, including Internal Auditors

Available on help https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/Help/64.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Deadline 30 September 2020.

The deadline for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit remains 30 September 2020.

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Submission Deadline 2019/20 – COVID-19 (updated 16:35 16 March)

Update on the 2019/20 deadline

Notified Incidents Reports 2019 (11th March 2020)

Incidents notified to the Information Commissioner's Office via the Data Security and Protection Toolkit during 2019.

DSPT 2020-21 Evidence items proposal (07 January 2019)

News on the proposed Data Security and Protection Toolkit evidence items for 2020-21

New guidance for Social care organisations on registering for and completing the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. (17 December 2019).

Digital Social Care Registering for and Completing the Data Security and Protection Toolkit guidance document.

National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network Inaugural Award Winners

The National Health and Social Care Strategic Information Governance Network (SIGN) is very proud to announce the winners of its 2019 Inaugural Information Governance Awards

Annual completion of DSP Toolkit (21st October 2019)

Explanation of the annual requirement to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.

Information about the Baseline submission for NHS Trusts, CCGs, CSUs and DHSC ALBs (17 October 2019)

A note about the Baseline submission for NHS Trusts, CCGs, CSUs and ALBs

Keep I.T. confidential (16 October 2019)

Details of a new national cyber security campaign, Keep I.T. Confidential

Additional DSP Toolkit Guidance for sites using both NHSmail and another Email service

Support for answering 6.3.3, 6.3.4 and 6.3.5 for sites with multiple email system including NHSmail.

Useful resources to help complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (22 January 2019)

Useful resources to help complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit

Notified Incidents Reports 2018 (17 January 2019)

Incidents notified to the Information Commissioners Office 25th May 2018 – 31st December 2018 reported quarterly.

Assertions and evidence items - including updated ISO 27001 exemptions (Updated 04 December 2018)

A spreadsheet containing the assertions and evidence items applicable to organisations completing the Toolkit – for reference purposes only.

Data Security and Protection Incident Reporting tool available

Data Security and Protection Incident Reporting tool available as part of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit