Data Security Awareness - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Department of Health
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  • Health Education England

About the Data Security Awareness programme

The Data Security e-learning programme has been designed to support staff in health and social care Level 1 – Data security awareness:

This course is mandated for everyone working in health and care. It has been designed to inform, educate and upskill staff in data security and information sharing. It provides an understanding of the principles and importance of data security and information governance. It looks at staff responsibilities when sharing information and includes a section on how to take action to reduce the risk of breaches and incidents.

This training has been produced by the NHS Digital and the External Information Governance Delivery team, in collaboration with partners across health and care.

Level 1 - content

Welcome Module

This is an overview of navigation through the eLearning modules and the overall training requirements and course structure.

A certificate will be produced for those who pass all the assessments. The pass mark for the course is 80%.

This course will take approximately one hour to complete.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Data Security Awareness

    Aims and Objectives
  • Module 2 -Introduction to the Law

    Aims and Objectives
  • Module 3 - Threats to Data Security and how to avoid them

    Aims and Objectives
  • Module 4 – Breaches and Incidents

    Aims and Objectives

Level 2

NHS Digital has been providing accredited training to IT and security professionals across health and care to build local capability in security best-practice. Training has been piloted with over 300 professionals with positive feedback.

NHS Digital intends to continue providing accredited security training to relevant staff across the sector and is commencing engagement activity to understand security skill and educations needs in order to shape the future provision of training. This will provide opportunities for IT and security staff across health and care to undertake professional accredited training wherever possible, ensuring that organisations have suitably skilled operational staff to improve security control and preparedness. Any future correspondence will be to named IT and security leads from the NHS Digital Data Security Centre, but if you are interested in receiving any future training please contact

Level 3

NHS Digital are currently piloting the provision of GCHQ-accredited cyber and information security awareness sessions with NHS Boards. A decision has not yet been made on a future rollout, but if you are interested in your Board receiving this training, please contact

More information

What is the NHS Digital Data Security Centre?

The role of the NHS Digital Data Security Centre is to provide the health and care system with a trusted central point for all matters related to data, cyber and information security.

It provides health and care organisations with a range of support services designed to enhance their preparedness for data risks and ability to appropriately remediate against such incidents when they do occur.

Why do I need to do data security awareness training?

This data security awareness training will help you to be alert of known and common data security risks as well as your responsibilities when handling information in health and care.

Raising the awareness of health and care users is the first part of the approach NHS Digital is taking to support the findings and standards set out in the National Data Guardian’s Review – Data Security, Consent and Opt Outs.

This training aims to raise the awareness of staff in health and care organisations to potential situations involving data and information security. The Data Security Centre supports the government Personalised Health and Care 2020 framework to build and sustain public trust, by educating large numbers of staff on securing data, systems and services.

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Data Security Awareness programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Data Security Awareness programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Other health or care organisations

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Data Security Awareness programme via the e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service via OpenAthens.

First check whether or not you qualify for direct access by clicking on the Register button via the following link After entering your work email address, you will be directed to enter additional details about your role and location. If you are presented with alternative registration options, your email address has not been recognised and you will not qualify for direct access to the Data Security Awareness programme. If this happens and you think that you should qualify for free access to the learning material via the e-LfH Hub, please contact e-LfH.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Data Security Awareness programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact directly to express interest.

Content queries

If you have any questions about the Data Security Awareness content please contact

More information

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