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IG TOOLKIT VERSION 14.1 – PUBLICATION REMINDER

Please can we remind organisations to ensure they carry out all the appropriate processes to publish their version 14.1 assessment before the 31st March 2018 deadline.

Notwithstanding the fact that the IG Toolkit is being refreshed organisations are still required to publish version 14.1 at 31st March as in previous years.

IMPORTANT: The report for the Care Quality Commission is to be run 1 April 2018 and therefore any unpublished assessments will be included in the report with that status. 

Please ensure you take the following steps to publish your organisation’s IG Toolkit assessment:

  • Answer each IG Toolkit requirement (ensure a score is recorded for each requirement) – please see the Help topic ‘How to Complete Your Assessment’ guide for further detail: GPs, Pharmacies, Eye Care Services, Dental Practices, Community Pharmacies/Dispensing Appliance Contractors and Voluntary Sector Organisations.
  • Select “Assessments” on the left-hand menu and then click the “Publish” button (which only appears when all questions have been answered).
  •  Read and accept the “IG Assurance Statement” and then your assessment will be published.

IMPORTANT: When an organisation publishes their assessment they are confirming that this is the final version, no changes are needed and the assessment has been signed off by the senior management/partner. This is applicable to ALL organisation types. 

Link to the IG Toolkit https://www.igt.hscic.gov.uk/Home.aspx

All queries should go through the IG Toolkit Helpdesk.  See the ‘Contact us’ page on the IGT Help section of the website.

The current IG Toolkit is being redesigned and revised as the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSP Toolkit).

The new DSP Toolkit will be launched in April 2018. All organisations must still complete the existing IG Toolkit (version 14.1) by the end of March 2018.

The DSP Toolkit is an online self-assessment tool that enables organisations to measure and publish their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. It has been updated and improved to be more user-friendly and accessible.

The DSP Toolkit will retain the general principle that organisations should demonstrate that they can be trusted with the confidentiality and security of personal information. It will also support the key requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as identified in the NHS GDPR Checklist.

Further updates on the development of the DSP Toolkit will be provided over the coming months.

Please note that the existing IG Toolkit (version 14.1) must still be completed by the end of March 2018.