The DSPT is an online self-assessment tool, that you complete and publish annually. All CQC registered care providers should complete the DSPT at least once a year. Having a published DSPT has the following benefits:


  • NHS contract – If you have an NHS contract you must reach DSPT at standards met.
  • NHSmail – If you have use NHSmail you must reach DSPT at standards met.
  • Legal obligations – The DSPT helps you to become compliant with GDPR.
  • Business security – Having completed the DSPT you can have confidence in your business and staff, you will have reduced the risk of a cyber-attack or data breach.


Free support is available!

RCPA has a dedicated Project Delivery Officer, Daniel Plummer, who offers 1-1 time assisting providers with completing their DSPT. Please contact him with any questions about the DSPT, how to register, how to use the site, help answering and understanding the questions, help to track your progress. Please email


Better Security, Better Care host national webinars on how to register and how to republish your DSPT, and NHSmail.

Upcoming dates:

28th December – Completing the DSPT

1st February – Using the DPST for the first time

8th February – Review and republish your DSPT


Please use the following link to book onto and see BSBC webinars –


Digitising Social Care Records Program:

As part of NHS Transformation Directorate to digitise social care, funding is now available for digital social care records. A goal of having 80% of CQC registered providers using digital care records that can interoperate with Shared Care records by March 2024 has been set.

An assured suppliers list has been curated to allow providers to choose from. These suppliers have been assured by the NHS Transformation Directive, these suppliers meet the minimum capabilities and security requirements.

Funding for up to 50% from SCC and NHS England is available for the first year, up to £3500 or £4500, if evidence is provided for staffing costs. To have access to this funding you must have completed your DSPT to standards met.


If you would like more information regarding the DSCR program, please email


Digital Social Care Record Minimum Operational Data Set Workshop – 28th November, 10:00-11:30

The NHS Transformation Directorate are developing the Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) Minimum Operational Data Set (MODS). This data set is a list of what information should be required in a Digital Social Care Record/Electronic Care Plan. The primary objective of the MODS is to ensure consistent baseline data is collected across the adult social care sector. The dataset should reflect regulatory requirements, facilitate increased capability for information sharing between health and adult social care systems and be the start of aligning the core information needed to deliver improved care.  To ensure that it is usable in a real-world context, the project team are consulting with people delivering care services in England. Register here

If you have any queries about any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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