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What are cookies?

Cookies are small files which are stored on your computer, tablet or mobile phone when you visit a website.

They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Use of cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable.

Cookies are used to improve services, for example:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

Cookie management

You can manage these small files yourself through your browser setting.

Please note that the cookie providers listed below may distribute the gathered cookie information with other third-party websites for the purpose of activity tracking. You can find out more about the policy of each cookie provider on their respective privacy pages.

Current cookies in use

Please by aware that the providers listed below may change their cookie names without notice.

As an example, we use the following cookies on the NHS Digital Staff Passport (NHS DSP) website:

  • Cookie: Sitekit
    • Example name: SKTID, AcceptCookies
    • Purpose: These cookies are used to track visitor information other users and to record a visitor's decision to receive additional cookies.


  • Cookie: Google Analytics
    • Example name: Cookies prefixed by ‘_ga’, ‘_gid’ and ‘_gat
    • Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. These cookies may also be identified as originating from beta.staffpassports.nhs.uk More information about Google cookies.

Embedded content

We want to provide interesting and engaging content on our website. On a number of pages we use ‘plug ins’ or embedded media. For example, we embed YouTube videos in many pages.

The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as ‘third-party’ cookies. Third-party cookies are delivered on behalf of their respective organisations and as such they may change their name and purpose from the cookies identified below, this is beyond the control of the NHS DSP website.

  • Cookie: YouTube
    • Example name: PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox
    • Purpose: To track visitor views, and to remember user preferences when viewing YouTube videos embedded in our website web pages.   More information about YouTube cookies.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the use of cookies on the NHS DSP website, please email us at england.digitalstaffpassport@nhs.net.

Page last updated

12th September 2023