Craig Pepper
February 7, 2023
5 min read

Security requirements for working with the NHS

Working with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom comes with specific security requirements that must be met in order to protect patient data and comply with regulations.

  • Compliance with the NHS Information Governance (IG) Toolkit: The NHS IG Toolkit sets out the standards for information governance that must be met by organisations working with the NHS. This includes standards for data protection, information security, and incident management. Organisations must pass an assessment in order to be compliant with the IG Toolkit.
  • Cyber Essential Plus certification: Organisations working with the NHS must-have Cyber Essential Plus certification. This is a government-backed certification that demonstrates that an organisation has the necessary cybersecurity controls in place to protect against common cyber threats.
  • Compliance with the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT): The DSPT sets out the standards for data security that must be met by organisations working with the NHS. This includes standards for data encryption, incident management, and regular security testing. Organisations must pass an assessment in order to be compliant with the DSPT.
  • Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Organisations working with the NHS must comply with the GDPR. This includes implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect personal data and reporting data breaches to the relevant authorities.
  • Regular Security Audits: Organisations working with the NHS must undergo regular security audits to ensure compliance with the IG Toolkit, DSPT, and GDPR.
  • Incident management: Organisations working with the NHS must have incident management procedures in place to respond to security incidents in a timely and effective manner.
  • Information security management system (ISMS): Organisations working with the NHS must have an ISMS in place to ensure that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information are protected.
  • Risk management: Organisations working with the NHS must have a robust risk management process in place to identify, evaluate, and mitigate the risks to patient data.

Working with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom comes with specific security requirements that must be met in order to protect patient data and comply with regulations. Organisations must be compliant with the NHS Information Governance (IG) Toolkit, Cyber Essential Plus certification, the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), undergo regular security audits, have incident management procedures, an information security management system (ISMS) and a robust risk management process. These measures help ensure that patient data is protected and that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information is maintained.

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