Cookies policy

This section describes our cookies policy.

The Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer. Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) site. 

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • how long you spend on the site
  • how long you spend on each link page you click through to
  • What you click on once at the page you’ve clicked through to

We don’t collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data. Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

_ga This helps us count how many people visit https://shsc.nhs.uk/ by tracking if you’ve visited before - expires in 2 years

_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made  - expires in 10 minutes

Google Analytics

_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to https://shsc.nhs.uk/ or to a certain page - expires in 2 years

_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on https://shsc.nhs.uk/ - expires in 30 minutes

_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser - expires when you close your browser

_utmz This tells us how you reached this website (e.g. from another website or a search engine) - expires in 6 months

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit the Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) website. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

cookies_accepted Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message - expires in 1 month

cookie-agreed Saves a message to let us know that you've accepted cookies - expires in 100 days

YouTube videos

We use YouTube to provide videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages.

_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser - expires when you close your browser

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos - expires in 9 months

PREF Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos - expires in 9 months

YSC Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos - expires when you close your browser

Hotjar / Drupal

_hjIncludedInSampleHotjar This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels - expires in when you close your browser

has_js Used by Drupal to check if a visitor has JavaScript - expires in when you close your browser