A new project has been launched to support adult social care providers in implementing safe data and cyber security practices.
Founders of the project, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and the Association of Mental Health Providers, will analyse the issues and obstacles facing adults social care providers in relation to data and cyber security and look to promote best practice and information.
They will specifically engage with providers of services to people with a learning disability, those who are autistic and have physical or sensory impairments and people with mental health conditions.
Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive, Kathy Roberts, Association of Mental Health Providers chief executive, said: “We welcome the investment in raising awareness of digital and cyber-security across the adult social care sector and this fresh focus on providers that support people of working age, including people with a learning disability and those that experience mental ill health.
“VODG and The Association look forward to working closely together to find solutions that will support providers to address their data any cyber security challenges and digital and tech capacity across the system.”
Through surveys, focus groups and events, the project will explore the use to data security protection and barriers to use; the obstacles to increasing the pace of digital social care and the support needed to progress; organisations’ data security and protection processes; and existing good practice.
The 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 NSHX, works to develop practical solutions to the data and cyber security challenges faced by adult social care providers in England.