NHSX has extended its programme that supports care providers with data protection and cyber security.
Providers will be supported through the Better Security, Better Care programme throughout 2022/23 using the data security and protection toolkit. The toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that allows health and social care organisations to provide assurances they are undertaking good data security and that personal information is handled correctly.
Members of the programme are NHSX, NHS Digital, NHS England and Improvement, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Digital Social Care.
‘NHSX recognises that care providers are not data and digital experts, and that the sector is under exceptional pressure,’ said Alex Harris, head of NHS and social care cyber risk at NHSX. ‘We urge all providers to access the programme and to complete the data security and protection toolkit.’
The programme will continue to include national services available to all providers, as well as help from local support organisations. The focus will remain on helping operators to work their way through an annual self-assessment using the toolkit.
Michelle Corrigan, programme director of Better Security, Better Care, said: ‘The adult social care white paper – people at the heart of care – clearly commits to accelerating the use of data and digital technology to support care.
‘It also specifically references building on the Better Security, Better Care programme which has already helped thousands of care providers to improve their data and cyber security arrangements which are absolutely essential to the safe and effective use of digital tech.
‘Keeping safe in the digital world is not an optional extra for our sector: it is a core requirement. We look forward to continuing to work with all care providers – regardless of their digital knowledge and skills.’
Following a tender process, six new partners will be delivery Better Security, Better Care projects between now and the end of March. Contracts have been awarded to Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University, National Care Forum (2), Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, Liverpool Social Care Partnership and Cordis Bright.