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As a care provider, you know how important it is to have access to good information about the people you support and your staff.

In order to store and share that information safely, you need to be confident that your paper and digital records are secure. 

DCHC, in partnership with the CCG, is offering free local support to care providers to evaluate and improve their data and cyber security and complete an annual, online self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT). The programme will help you to evaluate and improve your data and cyber security. This means you can reassure the people you support and their families, your staffcommissionersCQC regulatorslocal authorities, and health and care partners, that you are following good practice – and meeting legal and regulatory requirements.

The DSPT Journey

1. Register/Login

If you have never started the DSPT, or maybe have done some work on it in previous years, come along to one of our introductory sessions to get started. We will cover what exactly the DSPT is, what the new changes are, how to register, and what your next steps are.

Wednesday 9th June 2pm Register here.

Wednesday 23rd June 2pm Register here.

Wednesday 30th June 2pm Register here.

These are the links you will need to get started


If you're organisation has already registered and you've forgotten the login - reset the password

If you're organisation has registered but you are unsure which email was used - contact the Exeter Helpdesk

Telephone: 0300 303 4034

Email: exeter.helpdesk@nhs.net

Please provide your ODS code or address when raising queries via email.

2. Approaching Standards

If you've already made a start to the DSPT and would like some support answering the questions, then we are running weekly workshops throughout May. These are two hour sessions going through all of the questions in two of the four topic areas of the DSPT.

For these sessions you need to already have registered with the DSPToolkit and have your ICO registration in place.

You will only need to attend one of each of these sessions to complete the Toolkit.

Staffing and Policies

9th June 11am

23rd June 11am

1st July 11am

Data Security and IT Systems

10th June 11am

24th June 11am

30th June 11am

A guide to completing Approaching Standards is available here

These are the policies you will need to complete Approaching Standards

The DSPT also requires you to cover staff training. Below are some videos from Skills for Care that will cover an introduction to data protection which can be incorporated into the induction and training process for staff.

3. Standards Met

A guide to completing Standards Met is available here

These are the policies you will need to complete Standards Met

Helpline launched!

If you need any assistance whilst completing the DSPT, we have launched a local helpline to assist you with any questions and signposting to resources.

DSPT Devon, Plymouth and Torbay helpline: 01626 912790

The helpline is open from 2-5pm Monday to Friday

Ogwell Grange, Rectory Road, East Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6AH

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