Data security protection toolkit

Data Security Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is an online self-assessment tool that allows organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s ten 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. The DSPT also provides the Trust with a means of reporting data breaches and data security incidents. 

Following the delayed national submissions in years 2019-20 and 2020-21 due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021-22 assessment submissions continue to have the deadlines of February 2022 for the baseline submission and June 2022 for the final submission. 

The Trust submitted the baseline assessment on the 25 February 2022 where 83 of the mandatory evidence items met. The Information Governance team hold frequent meetings which concentrate on gaps where evidence is needed to complete a mandatory item. 

The Trust has currently completed 83 of the 110 mandatory evidence items, with 18 out of 38 assertions confirmed and are working towards completing the final standards by the 30 June submission. Progress against these outstanding areas will be monitored through our Information Governance Group and assurance provided to the Trust Board through our Audit Committee. The Trust will strive to meet all the mandatory items to be assessed as Standards Met. 

The Trust’s internal audit is currently being undertaken with the report to be received before the final submission in June. 

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