Review and Republish your Data Security and Protection Toolkit
Date: Tuesday 27 February 2024
Location: Online / Zoom webinar
Care providers can now improve and assess their staff’s knowledge of data security using a new elearning resource, specifically designed for the care sector.
Better Security, Better Care – the national programme supporting adult care providers with data security – has developed the course in response to a gap in the market.
Speaking about the new course, Michelle Corrigan, Programme Director of Better Security, Better Care, said:
“Care providers told us that they struggle to access relevant training for their staff on data protection and cyber security. Our course content reflects all care settings and staff roles – from home care and residential services, to frontline care workers and administrators. There are lots of videos, case studies and interactive elements which enable staff to understand their role in keeping both print and digital data safe.
“Care providers also said that it can be challenging to meet the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) requirement to train at least 95 per cent of staff on data protection in the previous 12 months. This course has been specifically designed to meet that requirement.
“We have made the course completely open access, without any need to register or login because we want to maximise the number of people using it – especially staff in small care services. But it is also available as a SCORM compliant resource for providers who have a Learning Management System.”
The course, which reinforces the Data Security Standards and the Care Certificate, includes four modules and one online assessment. Each module takes around 10 – 20 minutes to complete, and there is one single assessment covering topics from all four modules. Staff can complete the modules in any order and over the course of several days.
Care managers, trainers and staff can access the course and corresponding user guides at www.digitalcarehub.co.uk/elearning
The course modules are:
The course, which was developed and tested in partnership with care providers, has been welcomed by the sector.
Dr Jane Townson, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance representing the 10 national care provider trade associations, encourages members to use the course saying:
“Care providers are increasingly aware of how important it is to train their staff on good data and cyber security practice. But until now, there hasn’t been anything really tailored to the specific needs and circumstances faced by our sector’s staff.
“This new elearning course from Better Security, Better Care is the missing piece of the puzzle – and it complies with the training requirements in the Data Security and Protection Toolkit.
“The Care Provider Alliance encourages all care providers to use the resource to improve and assess their staff’s knowledge.”
Tom Rottinghuis, Data Protection Officer at The Forward Trust who was on the Working Group that developed the course said:
“Our safeguarding manager and two of our counsellors … were particularly pleased to see that there is a focus on the need to share – as well as the need to protect – people’s information, and it really shows that data protection is not the enemy of safeguarding and care, but a crucial part of it. You can and must share information in order to ensure people get the support they need.”
“One of the most valuable aspects of the new resources is that they are short… Given the pressure our staff are under, and the high turnover, it is so valuable to have something that is clear, straightforward and flexible to use.”
Care staff who were involved in testing the course fed back:
“This will help train all staff easily and at no cost. Very clear and easy, I look forward to using these modules for our staff!”
“I think it is really digestible, and has managed to strike the balance of including all relevant and necessary information whilst the training does not feeling too info heavy to digest.”
“These modules are tailored to the social care context and reflect real situations that a diverse variety of care workers face in different settings. It’s visual and in plain English so it is very accessible to a wide range of staff including those with English as a second language.”
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Better Security, Better Care is the national and local support programme to help adult social care providers in England to store and share information safely. It covers paper and digital records.
The primary focus of the Better Security, Better Care programme is to help care providers to understand the importance of data and cyber security, and complete an annual, online self-assessment using the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT).
The Data Security and Protection eLearning Course was developed by IPC Oxford Brookes on behalf of Better Security, Better Care, with technical development from Fireant Creative.
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