Cookies on the NHS innovation service

What are cookies?

Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.

They store information about how you use the website, such as the pages you visit.

Cookies are not viruses or computer programs. They are very small so do not take up much space.

How we use cookies

We only use cookies to:

  • make our website work
  • measure how you use our website, such as which links you click on (analytics cookies), if you give us permission

We do not use any other cookies, for example, cookies that remember your settings or cookies that help with health campaigns.

We sometimes use tools on other organisations' websites to collect data or to ask for feedback. These tools set their own cookies.

Cookies that make our website work

We use cookies to keep our website secure and fast.

Cookies needed for the NHS innovation service to work
Name Purpose Expires


Remembers if you used our cookies banner.

When you close the browser (if you do not use the banner) or 1 year (if you use the banner).


A cookie set when you enter a password to get into a private area of the site. It allows the site to remember that you have already entered the password.

30 minutes.

Cookies that measure website use

We also like to use analytics cookies. These cookies store anonymous information about how you use our website, such as which pages you visit or what you click on.

List of cookies that measure website use
Name Purpose Expires


Used to distinguish users.

2 years.


Used to distinguish users.

24 hours.

We'll only use these cookies if you say it's OK. We'll use a cookie to save your settings.

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 we use the information we collect

To find out how we collect, store and use information about you or your visit, see the NHS website privacy policy.