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This cookie policy is for visitors to our website and other digital platforms. It sets out how we use cookies.

We use cookies to collect encrypted information. This is because they perform many different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience when using our website. We don’t store any personal information that could identify you as an individual through cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files which may include an anonymous unique identifier. They are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer's hard drive.

The pieces of information are stored as name-value pairs (for example, a site name and a unique user ID). Cookies can contain several name-value pairs. A name-value pair is simply a named piece of data. It is not a program, and it cannot 'do' anything. A website can retrieve only the information that it has placed on your machine. It cannot retrieve information from other cookie files, nor any other information from your machine. Once the cookie is on your computer, the site 'knows' that you have been there before and can then use that knowledge to tailor the experience that you have.

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Your Rights

You have the right to choose whether to accept our cookies. You can exercise this right by amending or setting the controls on your browser to reflect your cookie preferences.

To find out how to do this, visit or check the ‘help’ section of your browser. However, please note that if you choose to refuse cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

The cookies we use and what we use them for

Necessary cookies help make our website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. Please by aware that the providers listed below may change their cookie names without notice.

List of cookies that make our website work

These are functional cookies.

AWSALBpcse.england.nhs.ukUsed to make sure the website can cope with unexpected traffic.
AWSALBCORSpcse.england.nhs.ukUsed to make sure the website can cope with unexpected traffic.
incap_ses_ImpervaWeb application security session.
visid_incap_ImpervaWeb application security.

Analytics cookies help us to understand how visitors interact with our website by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

_gatengland.nhs.ukUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
_gidengland.nhs.ukRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitors uses the website.

Change your cookie settings

Some cookies, like those used to measure how you use our website, are not needed for our website to work.

These cookies can help us make our website better, but we'll only use them if you say it's OK.

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 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.