Cookies are small data files that we place on your computer. They improve your experience by:
- remembering settings and information (like the names of health or social care services you’ve searched for) so you don’t have to keep re-entering them.
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.
Cookies do not identify you personally.
1. Personalisation cookies
Personalisation cookies are First-party cookies. First-party cookies are set by us, or the content management system we use. We control them and use them to identify whether we have already provided you with certain information, or whether we need to provide this information again. Additionally, we use them to provide information about the way you use our website.
newsletter-seen: This cookie is used by our content management system to determine whether the user has seen the newsletter pop-up before.
emergency-seen: This cookie is used by our content management system to determine whether the user has encountered the emergency notice, if available.
cookie-seen: This cookie is used by our content management system to determine whether the user has seen the cookie notice before.
cookie-agreed: This cookie is used by our content management system to determine whether the user has agreed to accept cookies.
2. Site management cookies
These are used to maintain your identity or session on the Website. For instance, where our websites run on more than one server, we use a cookie to ensure that you are sent information by one specific server (otherwise you may log in or out unexpectedly).
session: This cookie (e.g. SESSbb729cffd3a9572f9a38b587e0ed3f6e) keeps track of the currently logged in user.
These cookies cannot be turned off individually but you could change your browser setting to refuse all cookies (see above) if you do not wish to accept them.
3. Other first-party cookies
These cookies are used to store information about choices you have made on the site so that you do not have to continue making them between page loads. This might be closing an informational alert box, for example. These cookies persist between visits to the website, even if you close your browser.
4. Analytics cookies
Analytics cookies are Third-party cookies. Third-party cookies are set by other websites. We use their online tools to make our website work better for you. Google analytics monitor how visitors move around the Website and how they reached it. This is used so that we can see total (not individual) figures on which types of content users enjoy most, for instance.
Measuring website usage through Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to view statistics on the way you use our website. We can check:
You can opt out of these if you want:
Managing the cookies on your computer
You can restrict or block cookies set by our website and others by changing the settings in your browser. Doing this however, may impact the way our website works for you in the future.
Visit About cookies (http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1) to find out more about restricting or blocking cookies in different browsers.
You can also learn more about cookies at GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/help/cookies)