Cookies

A 'cookie' is a small text file placed on your computer by a website. This lets the website store information and then retrieve it later. This information is visible only to the website that sets it, and it cannot contain any viruses.

Our websites use cookies for a number of purposes. The most common use is to let you set preferences for how you use the website - for example, if you use the accessibility options to choose to see the website with a different font size or colour scheme, we will set a cookie recording your choice.

We also use cookies if you log in to the website, to record the fact that you have logged in. Most cookies we set only last until you close your web browser, but you can choose to 'Stay logged in on this computer', meaning that the cookie will stay on your computer for 60 days. You should only use this option if you are the only person who uses your computer.

We will tell you when a part of the website uses cookies, using the cookie icon:

You can use your web browser to find out what cookies you have received, delete any you don't want and set whether websites can set cookies in future. The website aboutcookies.org has instructions on how to do this on all major web browsers.

Cookies used by our websites

Cookie Purpose Notes
PHINEHASH Log-in cookie This cookie is set if you log in to the website, and stores your user ID and an encrypted code verifying your login. Normally the cookie only last until you close your browser, but if you tick the 'Stay logged in on this computer' box it will stay on your computer for 60 days.
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv Google analytics cookies Some of our sites use Google Analytics to provide information about how our websites are used. Google uses this information to provide us with anonymous statistics. Use of Google Analytics on our sites is under review. You can read about privacy on Google, or opt out of Google analytics
BALANCEID Durham University load-balancing cookies This cookie is set by Durham University's web servers to remember which server you have been receiving data from. This information is not monitored or used to track your behaviour, and is required for provision of the web service.
[site]_preference[setting] Accessibility preferences Each site has an accessibility page allowing you to set preferences for how you view the site, such as font size. If you choose to set a preference, a cookie will be used to record this. If you are logged in, it will also be recorded on your profile so it can be recalled when you return to the site.
calendar_[setting] Calendar view preferences The calendar allows you to set in detail which events you would like to see, by site, group and category. If you choose to set these preferences, a set of cookies with names beginning 'calendar_' will be used to record them.
adj[setting] Reasonable Adjustments tool preferences The Reasonable Adjustments Tool on the Improving Health and Lives website allows you to choose to restrict which reasonable adjustments to view in various ways, such as by NHS Trust or by using a search term. If you choose to set these preferences, the adj cookie will be used to record them.
seenvideo[videoname] Records whether a video file has been watched before This is used on sites that feature inline videos, currently only Improving Health and Lives. It is set only if you have chosen the option to see only videos you have not previously seen.
dash_[setting] Records viewing preferences for the Health Improvement Dashboard NEPHO's Health Improvement Dashboard allows you to choose which area to view, which areas to offer comparison data from, and viewing preferences. If you choose to set these preferences, cookies with names beginning "dash_" will be used to record them.