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  Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

The Data Security and Protection Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows health and care organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards.  

All organisations that have access to NHS patient data and systems must use this toolkit to provide assurance that they are practicing good data security, and that personal information is handled correctly. 

One completed to the correct standards, it also enables access to a variety of digital tools such as NHS Mail, Whzan Remote Monitoring and Digital Social Care Records.  

Should you require more information or help completing this year’s DSPT before the June 30th deadline, we’re happy to assist you through the process.  

Simply email and one of the team will be happy to help. 

Digital Social Care Records System Funding (DSCR)

DSCR is system that replaces paper records for recording care (also called an electronic care record/ management system).  includes person centred care planning and needs assessment, easier ways to capture information, task planning, data access, data sharing and managing reports. 

Having a DSCR allows providers to capture information more easily at the point of care, support staff to respond more quickly to residents’ needs and share important information quickly, safely and securely between care settings, thus minimise risks to staff and residents’ safety. 

Through the ASC Digital Transformation Fund, funding has been offered to implement a DSCR system in NCL sites from a list of approved suppliers and cover ongoing costs for one year. This funding also includes training costs and support for digital infrastructure, e.g.: Wifi boosters, handheld devices. 

The process of obtaining DSCR is outlined as follows: 

NHSmail support for Care providers

NHS Mail is a secure system that enables safe and quick sharing of confidential data between organisations. 

Once the DSPT has been completed to the required standards, the Digital Maturity Team can support with the following:  

  • Setting up a new NHS Mail mailbox for your organisation 

  • Regaining access to an old mailbox 

  • Adding new accounts to an existing mailbox (up to 10 per organisation) 

To get NHSmail, one person from each care site needs to make an online application at the NHSmail social care organisation’s registration portal via the below link:  

You can download a guide for care homes on registering with the NHSmail portal, which takes you through the steps you need to take. 

It can take up to 48 hours for the NHSmail team to get back to you with the information you need to get your account set up. Set-up itself usually takes about an hour. 

 To access support, please email

Informational Governance support for new technology implementations

Information Governance (IG) is a framework for handling and sharing information in a safe and secure manner. This enables care providers to correctly manage personal and confidential information of their staff and residents. 

IG also allows access to a variety of digital tools to help improve care, and the Digital Maturity Team help facilitate this implementation in North Central London by ensuring providers are compliant with legal and regulatory obligations, including GDPR and signing Data Sharing Agreements.  

For more information about IG and how the team can support, please contact 

New Technology Rollouts including Whzan

More than 100,000 care home residents have been supported to keep safe, well and out of hospital thanks to technology-enabled remote monitoring delivered by health and care staff across England. Benefits include improved clinical decision making, providing reassurance and detecting early signs of health deterioration among some of the most vulnerable in society, preventing harms like falls or emergency admissions to hospital.  

The team are rolling out Whzan (blue box) into all care settings across NCL. This project is funded by the NHS innovation collaborative, to support all care settings to speak the same language as the NHS using the National early warning tool (NEWS2) score which helps you to understand soft signs of deterioration.   

 If you would like to have Whzan in your home, please contact Louise Keane on to arrange a meeting to discuss if this technology would work for you and your care setting.