30th Oct 2018
PRESS RELEASE - The Budget 2018: Social Care
National Care Association welcomes the announcement of additional funding for vulnerable people being supported by social care providers and the courage of the promise of future sustained investment.
30th Oct 2018
Congratulations to NCA member, The White House Nursing Home, on their recent double success.
Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2018: SME Excellence Award & Business of the Year 2018
11th Oct 2018
CQC State of Care Report
National Care Association call for Care Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities to engage with us, the Social Care Providers, focusing on how the wider system can help.
9th Oct 2018
Press Release - Mental Capacity Reforms
Alongside colleagues from leading social care interest groups National Care Association is concerned that mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose
2nd Oct 2018
Join the conversation in #jabathon week (8th-12th October) by sharing your reasons for getting the flu jab and nominating two other people to get theirs.
4th July 2018
The Data Security and Protection Toolkit: Information for Social Care Providers
Citizen care and support relies on timely and secure information sharing and strong data security. All organisations should provide assurance that they are practicing good data security and that personal information is handled correctly. However, all too often information is still shared via post or fax. There are numerous examples of social care providers receiving important information about citizens in this way, which puts people at risk of coming to harm.
The Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is an online self-assessment tool for data security which supports organisations in demonstrating:
1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.
2. Compliance with the expected data security standards for health and social care for holding, processing or sharing personal data.
3. Readiness to access secure health and care digital methods of information sharing such as NHSmail and Summary Care Records (a summary of GP information about an individual) and local information sharing solutions.
4. Good data security to the CQC as part of the Key lines of Enquiry (KLOEs).
The Department for Health and Social Care recommends that all social care providers complete the DSPT as they will hold, process or share personal data. Completing the DSPT is a contractual requirement for those who provide care through the NHS Standard Contract and the Toolkit helps all providers to demonstrate compliance for the GDPR, the CQC and supports information sharing.
We have worked with the Care Provider Alliance to develop the ‘Entry level’ for social care organisations, as it is understood that for many this will be a new process. ‘Entry level’ is a stepping stone to achieving at the ‘Standards Met’ level, will be time limited (subject to review) but will allow you to begin using NHSmail.
Actions to take
Step 1: Register for the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/Account/register)
Step 2: Complete your organisation profile, you will be asked a series of questions about your organisation.
Step 3: Read the Entry level evidence items (https://www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk/Help/32) and start pulling this information together.
Step 4: Go to your assessment on Data Security and Protection Toolkit and start with the Entry level evidence items (www.dsptoolkit.nhs.uk)
The Care Provider Alliance has also produced specific Care Provider Guidance and Templates on their website to complement the Toolkit. This resource contains a good overview of the Toolkit and other useful information.
Overview of levels in the Data Security and Protection Toolkit