Replacement for IG toolkit now available to complete


Replacement for IG toolkit now available to complete

October 5, 2018

The Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit for 2018/19 is now available for completion; this replaces the Information Governance toolkit that contractors have completed in previous years. As before, the deadline for submitting this year’s information governance return is 31st March 2019.

Over the last few months, PSNC has been working with NHS Digital to ensure that the Toolkit is optimised for completion by pharmacy contractors and that appropriate support materials will be available to help contractors to complete it. One PSNC proposal to make completion as straightforward as possible, which NHS Digital have agreed to implement, is that where a contractor declares that they have completed the PSNC GDPR Workbook for Community Pharmacy, the number of questions they will be asked to respond to in the Toolkit will be significantly reduced.

Contractors should register to access the new Toolkit via the DSP Toolkit registration page (contractors will need their pharmacy’s ODS code to register).

Find out more at the Pharmacy Show

This Sunday (7th October), PSNC and the NHS Digital DSP Toolkit team will be attending the Pharmacy Show at NEC Birmingham to demonstrate and discuss the new DSP toolkit with pharmacy contractors.

New technical questions and support from PMR suppliers

The new DSP toolkit will include some technical questions which need to be completed, but on which contractors are likely to need to get the answers from their PMR supplier. PSNC has agreed with NHS Digital and PMR suppliers that they will work together to pre-populate the answers to the technical questions based on information provided by individual PMR system suppliers. Cegedim, EMIS, Positive Solutions and RxWeb have confirmed they will support this approach and they have started to prepare text for inclusion in the DSP Toolkit during October and the first half of November 2018.

Further support

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PSNC will be developing further guidance to support toolkit completion and once this is available it will be highlighted on this website and in our email newsletters. Requests for support can also be made by email to or telephone 0300 3034034.

Pharmacy multiples that want to use the batch submission feature in the Toolkit are advised to register and begin completion of a ‘master’ Head Office submission. The ability to apply this as a ‘batch’ assessment to all your pharmacies will be developed in the coming months, in plenty of time for the March 2019 deadline.

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