DSP Toolkit Services

Professional Data Security & Protection Toolkit Compliance Services for organisations working with Health. 

The compliance requirements of the NHS are described in a process known as the Data Security & Protection Toolkit (or DSP Toolkit).  This includes the completion and submission of a DSP Toolkit, which addresses the governance, policy, management and technical aspects of security.

Most companies find completion of the DSP Toolkit to be a time consuming, confusing and often unsuccessful process. There is very little help available from the NHS and guidance is often considered to be vague as it has to cover such a wide range of organisation types and sizes.

Hytec, OLM’s specialist information governance and security division, provides services to support NHS N3 ConnectionPSN connectivity and ISO 27001 certification. Our client base is substantial and includes corporations of all sizes. We believe our success in winning and retaining clients is due to Hytec’s deep and ongoing understanding of NHS compliance requirements in the UK.

Hytec works with clients to get them to a point at which they can get the sign off from the NHS required before ordering an NHS circuit. Companies have various starting points, with some requiring little guidance and other requiring a more structured process. Hytec will support clients throughout all stages of the journey, regardless of the starting point.

Please contact us on 0208 973 1100 to discuss your DSP Toolkit Compliance or NHS N3 requirements.


Hytec employees personify expertise and dedication, with the on-going review of our needs vis-à-vis current technological solutions, alongside legal and regulatory requirements that make a difference. iMDsoft have benefited from this expertise, which sowed the seeds for our certified Information Security Management System.

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DSP Toolkit Completion

Typically, Hytec delivers a package of work known as a DSP Toolkit Gap Analysis which allows us to compare the current as-is status of an organisation against the requirements of the Toolkit. This results in a report showing areas of compliance and the required corrective actions. Hytec’s long experience of working with the HSCIC team enables us to give companies clear advice on what will and will not be acceptable, thereby saving time and money during the compliance work leading up to a connection.  Hytec’s BSI Certified ISO 27001 lead auditors lead this work and where requested to do so can help companies implement pragmatic and cost effective corrective actions that will meet the DSP Toolkit requirements.

As a provider of hosted connections to the NHS network, Hytec has its own up to date DSP Toolkit. Hytec is also certified to ISO standard 27001 for information security management systems and to ISO 9001 for quality management.

Our DSP Toolkit service is available from us direct or can be purchased directly from the G-Cloud. 

Design and Build Services

Hytec can help clients connect to the NHS via an N3 connection terminating at their premises or can host or co-locate the supplier’s N3 connection in Hytec’s secure data centres.

Prior to the build phase of a hosted N3 operation, Hytec’s consultants will build on the data flows and business requirements documented in the logical connection architecture to produce a design for the hosted environment, taking into account issues such as SLAs, bandwidth, backup and expected growth. 

For many clients, Hytec’s template solution is ideal. The Hytec template design is the result of a great deal of detailed work done by Hytec in conjunction with HSCIC.

The final design (bespoke or template) is then put into production in the hosting facility.

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