You will be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on 25 May 2018. Although the impact on most dental practices is likely to be modest, practices and clinicians should all be aware of what the change to the law will mean. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has put together a checklist for organisations to enable them to check their compliance.
NHS Digital (formerly the Health and Social Care Information Centre) is working to integrate GDPR requirements into the new version of the Information Governance Toolkit (IGT), which will be known as the Data Security and Protection Toolkit from 1 April 2018.
Following our correspondence with NHS Digital about the difficulties with the previous versions of the IGT, this new toolkit is designed to be more user-friendly and more pertinent to primary care dental practices. The toolkit will be available to explore very shortly and will be the default version for use from 1 April 2018. As a result, practices will no longer be able to use the current version of the toolkit to report their compliance from this date next year. For the current year’s submission (i.e. submissions on or before 31 March 2018) the existing toolkit will continue to be available.
Information Governance Training is now “Data Security Awareness”
You will be aware that the Information Governance (IG) training tool is no longer available. NHS Digital have been working on new online training to replace the training tool. The new training now available is called “Data Security Awareness”. The training is split into four learning modules with an additional “welcome” module. Each learning module takes 10-15 minutes to complete and concludes with an assessment. The modules can be taken in any order, in one session or over several sessions. The topics covered in the modules are:
- Introduction to security awareness
- Information and the law
- Data security – protecting information
- Breaches and incidents
The IG training is now called Data Security Awareness. You can register and take the learning as an individual learner. If you are already registered with eLearning for Healthcare (e-LfH), you will be able to log-in using your current details. If not, click on the “register” button on the right-hand side of the screen and follow the instructions. Once your log-in/registration process is complete, you will see the Data Security Awareness modules, as these should be assigned to you. If not, please use the Search facility and search for “Data Security Awareness”.
If you want to register your organisation (i.e. register a number of employees) please complete the online form and a member of the e-LfH Support Team will be in touch to take you through the registration process.
If you have any questions about the new Data Security Awareness training, you can email the NHS Information Governance training team at NHS Digital at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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