The Health and Social Care Information Centre has created an ‘emergency response team’ to help NHS bodies affected by cyber crime.

The Cabinet Office funded team, known as the Care Computing Emergency Response Team, will provide organisations with help in responding to cyber security incidents and warn the health and care system about future threats.

The team will also act as a central source of guidance and best practice in cyber security in the NHS, an information centre spokesman said.

The service is due to go live in January.

HSCIC director of operations and assurance services Rob Shaw said: “The HSCIC has a wealth of world class technical expertise in the issues surrounding cyber security in health and care, and we are delighted to be able to work with health and care organisations to support them in benefitting from this knowledge.

“The Care Computing Emergency Response Team will be a valuable resource for the health and social care sector, providing best practice guidance to support organisations to keep their information safe and secure.”