Data Security & Protection (DSP) Toolkit

Written by AlisonFreemantle on Friday 10th May 2024

MUST be completed by Sunday 30th June

The latest Data Security and Protection Toolkit is used to make a pharmacy’s information governance (IG) declaration to NHS England and must be completed by Sunday 30th June 2024.

Community Pharmacy England has published new guidance to help community pharmacy owners complete DSP Toolkit.

Key differences in this year’s Toolkit include:

  • Improvements to the question wording and pharmacy-specific tips.
  • The Toolkit displays the answers submitted by the pharmacy in the previous submission for various questions, allowing pharmacy teams to simply confirm that the information remains accurate and adjust this if necessary.

The NHS Parent Organisation Code (POC) batch submission feature can be used by pharmacy owners with three or more pharmacies to complete a single submission for all their premises.

Pharmacy teams who have refreshed and updated their templates in Community Pharmacy England’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workbook will be able to meet the criteria for completing around half of the Toolkit questions. They can simply type or paste ‘see GDPR WB’ into those questions.

Community Pharmacy England guidance


Log in to the Toolkit as soon as possible and read the guidance documents, starting with the Toolkit completion: Overview: Five steps guide.

Please note that all the questions marked mandatory in the Toolkit must be completed as part of a pharmacy’s NHS Terms of Service to meet the minimum IG requirements.

Also, please note that PMR suppliers may provide additional guidance to help pharmacies complete the updated technical questions in the 2024 Toolkit.