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  • New GP workforce figures ‘yet another hammer blow’

    New GP workforce figures ‘yet another hammer blow’

    Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:31
  • BMA, RCP respond to reports of PM blocking relaxation of tier 2 visa cap for doctors

    BMA, RCP respond to reports of PM blocking relaxation of tier 2 visa cap for doctors

    Wednesday, 09 May 2018 16:07
  • GP e-referrals hits 100% in North East

    GP e-referrals hits 100% in North East

    Monday, 30 April 2018 12:25
  • ‘e-Traffic light’ GP referral system indicates expected time to hospital appointment

    ‘e-Traffic light’ GP referral system indicates expected time to hospital appointment

    Monday, 23 April 2018 17:07
  • Fifth of patients in Wales finding it ‘very difficult’ to make a convenient GP appointment

    Fifth of patients in Wales finding it ‘very difficult’ to make a convenient GP appointment

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:58

A Resized GP Laptop Image cbJanuary 25 2018

Guidance on forthcoming changes to data protection has been updated to include information for general practices, local authorities and social care providers. 

As of April 2018, the new Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSP Toolkit) will replace the Information Governance Toolkit (IG Toolkit), forming part of the assurance framework for organisations to show they are compliant with data protection. This will reflect the ten data security standards recommended by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care and confirmed by Government in July 2017, and the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

“The ten data security standards apply to all health and care organisations. When considering data security as part of the well-led element of their inspections, the Care Quality Commission(CQC) will look at how organisations are assuring themselves that the steps set out in this document are being taken,” says the document published by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.

General Practices “must comply with the requirements set out in this document, as part of the data security and protection requirements set out in CCG-Practice Agreement (terms governing the provision and receipt of GPSoC services and GP IT services). Some requirements will be implemented by the commissioner of the GP IT & GP Information Governance Support Service (Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England Regional) on their behalf.”

CCGs must also comply. “As commissioners of GP IT services, CCGs must ensure commissioned GP IT providers are contractually required to comply with these requirements.”

The beta version of the toolkit should go live in February, and will provide additional information to help organisations prepare for the implementation of the GDPR.

Links:
DHSC announcement   
DHSC/NHS England ‘2017/18 Data Security and Protection Requirements’. January 2018            

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