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Invitation to be involved in the Staffordshire Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme 2019/2020

For the attention of Care Home and Home Care Providers

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in being awarded  Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme 2019/2020 grant funding to support Staffordshire care home providers to achieve compliance with the Digital Security and Protection Toolkit (the toolkit) then be eligible to apply for an nhs.net email address, which will open up a number of data sharing opportunities. This project is part of a wider programme supporting the delivery of the National Cyber Security Strategy across adult social care services. The programme, which is led by Digital Social Care, the Local Government Association and the newly created NHSX works to develop practical solutions to the data and cyber security challenges faced by adult social care providers in England

This project is running from October 2019 to 31 March 2020 and will enable us to more effectively support the market at a time when there are significant operational changes taking place with regard to the way in which medical and allied health professional referrals and prescription requests can be received and in requirements to access Continuing Healthcare funding coming into effect from 1 April 2020 in Staffordshire. Alongside Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme partners nationally, we are working in conjunction with Staffordshire CCGs, Sarcp, the Institute for Public Care and NHS England on this incredibly important project locally. For more information on the significant changes taking place and the benefits of involvement in this project, please see the “ Four key points your business needs to know”.   

We are inviting applications from care home and home care providers to participate in 3 aspects of the project set out in A to C below.  


A. For nursing care homes who are either not entry level and / or standards met level toolkit compliant

Twelve nursing care homes will receive training, support and guidance to complete and submit an online application to help them achieve standards met level compliance with the toolkit. Please note: that participating nursing homes must be able to attend two 1-day workshops held approximately 12 weeks apart on Wednesday 23 October 2019 and Wednesday 22 January 2020, demonstrate commitment to complete this programme and achieve compliance with the toolkit and demonstrate commitment to access an NHS net account.

Our aim is to apply evaluation criteria to shortlist participants based on a range of organisational characteristics, so that we can learn the most from this pilot.

The experiences and learning from this group will be captured within a research programme element of this project.

Please note: To be eligible to be included in this project activity, you must:

  • either receive or aspire to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare funding
  • your nursing care home must have an up to date operating system (Windows 10 or above or Mac OS Sierra and above).


B. For nursing or residential care homes which have already self-assessed and achieved DSPT compliance

Two or three nursing or residential homes are invited to share the barriers and issues they had to overcome to inform this project. We expect this will require a commitment of three full days over the course of the project, including attending two one-day workshops (as detailed in A above) and meetings with the project researcher for which back-fill expenses will be paid. Care homes attending workshops will not have access to direct support but can benefit from the information, advice and guidance being provided in these sessions. The experiences and learning from this group will be captured within a research programme element of this project.

If we are oversubscribed for this element of the project, we will liaise with care homes as the Institute for Public Care would also like to work with care homes of this nature who are not involved in our project.


C. For all care homes or home care providers that are part of a large group (defined as 20 or more operational bases/homes)

Direct support from NHS England is being made available to any care homes or home care providers that fit these criteria to achieve toolkit compliance across the group. Provider details in this group will be shared with NHS England.


Are you a care provider not mentioned above?

We intend to use the learning from this project to assist wider rollout of support across the marketplace in Staffordshire. We will be using a range of communications channels to share details of the information, advice and guidance available to support this as soon as possible.  We will advise the marketplace if we are able to offer any further direct support. 

Please visit the Digital Social Care website for more information on how to complete the toolkit and the NHSmail page on NHS Digital to support you with NHSmail registration. Additional support is also available through a separate Digital Funding and Expert Advice funding opportunity open to care organisations, which you may wish to explore, but be quick as it is limited and will close to applications on 11 October 2019.


How do I get involved in this project?

If you are an appropriately authorised individual from your organisation, such as owner or registered manager, interested in being involved in this project and fulfil 1 or more of the criteria in A-C above, please complete the attached application form and email it to us at healthandcare@staffordshire.gov.uk by noon on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

We understand that ICT systems change is never easy. This change will require advice and support across the adult social care provider marketplace, which is what the Staffordshire Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme 2019/2020 grant funding is there for. Please work with us so that we can make the most of this opportunity.

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