Care workers’ data protection to strengthen through online security toolkit

Healthcare workers in England will have to successfully complete the entry level stage of the online Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) before they can have access to NHSMail, reports reveal.

A web-based self-assessment platform that teaches data security practice, the DPST is one more measure being taken by organisations as they bid to galvanise attitudes and practices to support responsible data handling in the workplace.

Those who hold an NHS contract are now obliged to use the DPST, which has been developed to give care providers a way into data protection. The pathway is intended to channel individuals through to completing the full suite, which in turn will teach how to comply with current data protection legislation and best practice.

Despite the industry-specific targeting, providers everywhere are urged to use the tool if they process, store and distribute data.

Wendy Clark, executive director of product development at NHS Digital, said:

“Firstly, it enables care providers to share information more easily and securely with the NHS. This can only lead to better, more integrated care for patients and improved ways of working for health and care professionals. Secondly, it supports care sector organisations to demonstrate to their regulatory body that they are managing and holding data securely and safely.

“Information will flow faster, with fewer delays and smoother processes, freeing up staff to focus on those in their care.”

The entry-level toolkit was created in partnership with the Care Provider Alliance, to provision digital assistance to social care workers.

Mandy Thorn MBE, vice chair of the National Care Association, said:

“The ability to complete the DSPT entry level to access NHSmail is welcome news for the care sector, giving us the confidence to know that we’re doing the right thing with the information of those in our care.”

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