The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of heatlhcare in the UK

Privacy policy and cookies

The Health Foundation respects your privacy. In keeping with our commitment to protecting your privacy and in the light of the Data Protection Act 1998, the statement below is intended to inform you of our data processing practices.

We will not pass your details to any third party.

Information policy

We will collect information from you when you contact us with a query, apply for an award or otherwise provide us with your personal information. The information we collect may include your contact details such as postal and email address.

We will use your personal data to provide you with the information you require. We will not share any personal information with third parties unless we specifically ask you to approve this.

You have the right to request a copy of any information we hold about you and to have that information amended if it is incorrect.


Cookies are small text files that websites use to store information about things like user preferences. We use on this website to:

  • help make the website easier to use for people with a website account
  • help people share our content via social media
  • help us understand how the site is being used so that we can identify areas that are working well and areas that need improvement.

More information about our cookies is detailed below.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

For more information about cookies, visit

Website accounts

Users will have to have cookies enabled in order to log in to the website. Cookies are also used on our website when a  user has logged in. The cookies store a unique string for each logged in user to identify a session and ensure that the user can look at the pages that are behind the login.

That cookie exists only while the user has the browser open. Once it is closed the cookie is removed and the user session is ended.

Health Foundation cookies

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Used to identify user sessions (session IDs) on the Health Foundation website.


Used to store the logged in user session ID. The reference is a unique, randomly generated, 64 character string.


Used to remember that you have accepted the use of cookies on the website so that we don't show you the cookie banner again.

Third party cookies

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Google Analytics


We use Google Analytics to help us analyse how users use the website. There are four Google Analytics cookies used:__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz). For more information see below or visit



AddThis is used to allow visitors to share Health Foundation content in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The AddThis module uses the following cookies: uit, loc, ssh, sshs, di, dt, uid, psc.


Twitter cookies are introduced by the AddThis functionality where the Twitter module is used. For more information visit


LinkedIn cookies are introduced by the Linkedin share button: __qca, bcookie, X-LI-IDC, visit, NSC_MC_WT_FU_IUUQ. They are used to track which pages the user visits to collect them. For more information visit

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

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