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20 September 2021

NHSmail and DSPT update

This is a reminder for members with
NHSmail accounts to complete the Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT). NHS Digital will be writing to you shortly to set out deadlines for completing this and the importance of ensuring compliance.

From 1 July 2021, optometry contractors applying for an NHSmail account have been required to complete the DSPT.  Contractors will have a full 12 months in which to complete the toolkit; for 2021/22 the cycle runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Existing NHSmail account holders who have not yet completed the DSPT since signing up are strongly advised to do so, as completion demonstrates patient information is being managed safely and securely.
It is also important to note that DSPT submissions will be monitored and non-compliance may result in suspension or deletion of the NHSmail account, including the shared mailbox and individual user accounts. The DSPT is also a requirement for the Electronic Eyecare Referral System (EeRS), being rolled out across parts of England in 2021/22.
Contractors can register for the DSPT through Quality in Optometry or the DSPT website. Both feature resources providing support to contractors completing the DSPT.
Further support and advice
NHSX, NHS Digital and NHSEI are holding webinars to help contractors complete the DSPT.  John Hodson, Senior Information Assurance at NHS Digital, presents the webinars, which will feature a short demo, tips for how to get going and an opportunity to ask questions. The webinars will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21 October 21, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
  • Wednesday 3 November 21, 5.30pm to 6.15pm

To register, email [email protected], stating your name, job role, company and the webinar you would like to attend. A Microsoft Teams invitation  will follow.
Support is also available from the NHS Digital helpdesk: 0300 303 4034 or by email [email protected]
FODO members can also contact us by emailing [email protected].

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