Data Privacy and Cookie Policies

Individual Data

We ask for only details that allow us to identify the health or social care organisation you work for, your role in the organisation’s sustainable practices, and contact details so that we can provide updates regarding the tools offered or data entered on this site.

Organisation Data

The data you enter into the tools on this site remains the property of the organisation you enter it on behalf of. You agree to it being held online and to us processing it in order to provide, support and improve the tools on this site. Furthermore you agree to it being shared with the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) along with whether you consider it draft, submitted (complete) or published.

The Healthy Returns tool has no submission or publication process so any data you enter remains private to your organisation and the SDU indefinitely.

The Sustainability Reports will automatically mark your answers as submitted and published on 1st October following the end of the financial year they apply to. So answers for 2017-18 will be published on 1st October 2018.


Where you enter your own or your organisation’s data (as opposed to viewing data we have published) we will issue you with a username and password. This username is typically your organisational email address and along with the password is specific to you. You agree to take measures to protect these and not to share them with anyone else. If at any stage you believe these credentials to be compromised that may represent, or lead to, a breach data protection under the Data Protection Act and you agree to both reset your password and notify us immediately.


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.




Cookie preference eucookielaw Set if the user dismissed the cookie reminder in order to not redisplay on future visits.
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Wordfence Cookies wfvt_…
Wordfence is a plugin that helps us protect the site. It uses cookies for three tasks:

  • To uniquely identify visitors shown in Wordfence Live traffic.
  • To track a user who was previously logged into WordPress but has logged out to ensure that Falcon cache does not show that user cached pages.
  • If a user has visited a unique page that allows them to bypass country blocking a cookie is set to identify that user so that country blocking does not prevent them from viewing the site.
YouTube cookies We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or