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My Health Skills is part of the Skills for Health Ltd. group – the employer-led authority on strategic workforce development and skills, licensed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as the UK Sector Skills Council for health.

Address: Skills for Health Ltd., Goldsmiths House, Broad Plain, Bristol BS2 0JP.

Privacy Policy Statement

Skills for Health Ltd. is committed to respecting your privacy and right to fair and just processing of your personal information. When you choose to provide us with information about yourself, we recognise that you trust us to act in a responsible manner. It is our belief that this information should only be used to help us provide you with better services.

This privacy policy statement sets out the basis by which your personal data will be processed. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how it will be treated.

Information we may collect from you

My Health Skills is for members who are passionate about how the workforce is developed and organised to provide high quality high quality healthcare, it is a peer to peer platform for sharing good practice, innovative solutions and lessons learned.

To enable this goal, we need to collect information to understand what differentiates you from each of our other unique visitors. We may collect and process the following data about you from the following sources:

Information provided by you or derived from your use of My Health Skills which includes information provided at the time of registration or at the time of completing your profile, posting material or requesting further services.

Details of your visits to this site and the resources that you access.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes.

IP Addresses and Cookies

We may collect information about your computer including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type for system administration. This is data about our users' browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual.

For the same reason we may obtain information about your general Internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

  • To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.
  • To store information about your preferences and so allow us to customise the site according to your individual interests.
  • To speed up your searches.
  • To recognise you when you return to the site.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser, which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of this site.

Where we store your personal data

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have provided you with or where you have chosen a password which enables you to access certain parts of the site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You must not share your password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. So, whilst we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot ensure the security of data transmitted by you to the site. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information we will use security procedures and features to prevent unauthorised access to it.

Uses made of the Information

We may use information held about you in the following ways for the purpose of internal administration and to ensure that the site's content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer to allow us:-

  • To verify your username and password on login to certain restricted areas of the site.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, such as important changes to the site, new services or changes to existing services and special events we think you will find valuable.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service where you choose to do so.

We may disclose your personal information to any member of our organisation, but will not disclose your personal data to any company outside of our organisation.

We will only disclose your personal information to third parties under the following conditions:
If we are required to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or in order to enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions or any other agreement; or protect the rights, property, or safety of our members or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for protection against credit risk and fraud.
With your specific consent.

Your Rights

If you would rather not receive any further information from us please contact us at and ask to be removed from our mailing lists or tick the relevant opt-out boxes on our registration forms. If possible, please include a copy of the communication you received to help facilitate a timely and accurate removal.

The site may, from time to time, contain links to and from partner and/or affiliate websites. If you follow a link to their sites, please note that these sites will be covered by their own privacy policy statement and/or personal information collection statement. We cannot accept any responsibility or liability for protection of personal data which you may submit to a third party's site. We recommend that you check the wording of the relevant privacy policies before you submit any personal data to those sites.

Access to Information

Data Protection Law gives you various rights including the right to access information held about you. We welcome any questions or comments about this privacy policy; please direct them to It is very important to us that your experience of our site is a positive one. We respect your rights to privacy and fair and just processing or your personal information.


This website has been designed to be used by a wide audience on a range of platforms. The pages have been built to meet as many of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (Level 2 (‘Double AA’) checkpoints as possible. Where appropriate, further measures are taken to meet Level 3 (‘Triple AAA’) checkpoints as required. For more information on web accessibility, take a look at the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Structural Markup

The web site is build using XHTML and CSS (Cascading Styles Sheets). When CSS are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the structure of the site is such that it should still flow and make sense.

Semantic Markup

Semantic markup (HTML, XHTML) is used to add implicit meaning to pages, by using the correct notation, for the appropriate set of information. For example, heading tags will be used to denote a page headings, paragraph tags for paragraphs and quotes and cite tags for referencing speakers and authors. This simple, yet powerful notion is giving rise to the ‘semantic web’, allowing for better understanding of information by users, browsers, mobile and other devices. Take a look at the Semantic Web page for more information.

Text Sizing

The site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers. Most modern web browsers will allow you to resize the text content in a page and even zoom in on a whole page. This allows users with impaired vision to have a more useful web experience. Users with a small monitor may also wish to make the font size smaller to allow them to fit more content on the screen.


Certain areas of websites can use Javascript to add functionality and provide an enhanced user experience. Where Javascript is disabled or not available, a version of the content is been provided with equivalent functionality.


Alternate text is provided where the graphic contains text, the image has a contextual description of value or some other information can be conveyed.

Contrast and Brightness

Where a user is not able to enforce their own colour schemes (for example, in graphic titles and imagery), care is taken to provide sufficient contrast in colour as to aid users with impaired vision.


We welcome feedback on the Accessibility and usability of our website. If you have had any problems or any issues while using our site, we would like to hear about it!

Email, phone and address details are on our contact page.

Our principles

1 We do our very best to protect your privacy by using security technology appropriately. This means:

  • we make sure that we have appropriate security measures to protect your information; and
  • we make sure that when we ask another organization to provide a service for us, they have appropriate security measures.

2 We will respect your privacy. You should receive marketing emails only from us and, if you agree, from other organisations we have carefully chosen. We will make sure it is clear when you can make these choices, for example, we have boxes you need to tick if you want to receive marketing. However, we may email you occasionally with information or questions about your registration, your subscription account or postings, for example, with reminders, warnings or copyright requests.

3. We will collect and use individual user details only if we have your permission or we have sensible business reasons for doing so, such as collecting enough information to manage subscriptions.

4 We will be clear in our dealings with you as to what information about you we will collect and how we will use it.

5 We will use personal information only for the purposes for which it was originally collected and we will make sure we delete it securely.

6 Our site is accessible via the internet. This means that people around the world who access our website can see anything you post on the website, for example, comments about an article.

7 If we or our service providers transfer any information out of the European Economic Area (EEA), it will only be done with the relevant protection (stated under UK law) being in place.

How we use your information

What information do we collect?

We collect information on you:

  • when you register
  • when you use the website
  • through cookies
  • if you choose to reveal information in postings, and
  • when you enter sales promotions and competitions.


The minimum information we need to register you is your email address and a password. After you have registered, we may send you emails we think may interest you. At any time you can decide not to receive these emails and will be able to 'unsubscribe'.

Logging in using social networking credentials

If you log-in to our sites using a Facebook log-in, you are granting permission to Facebook to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth and location which will then be used to form a Guardian identity. You can also use your picture from Facebook as part of your profile. This will also allow us and Facebook to share your,networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook account settings. If you remove My Health Skills from your Facebook settings, we will no longer have access to this information.

If you log-in to our sites using a Google log-in, you grant permission to Google to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth, sex and location which we will then use to form a Guardian identity. You may use your picture from Google as part of your profile. This also allows us to share your networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Google account settings. If you remove the Guardian from your Google settings, we will no longer have access to this information.

If you log-in to our sites using a twitter log-in, we receive your avatar (the small picture that appears next to your tweets) and twitter username.

Updating your personal information

We offer a 'My Profile' page where you can update your personal information at any time, and change your profile preferences. You can get to this page from most pages on the site – simply click on the 'My Profile' link at the top of the screen when you are signed in.

Who we share data with

  • We will not share your personal information with others for marketing purposes.
  • We can access and release personal information to keep to relevant laws and government requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect both us and our users.
  • Some of our webpages use plug-ins from other organisations (such as the 'Facebook Recommend' function).

Use of Cookies

We use cookies for a number of reasons:

  1. For statistical purposes to track how many users we have and how often they visit our websites. We collect information listing which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users and from which countries.
  2. We may use other organisations to collect anonymous user information, sometimes through cookies and web beacons,(information embedded in images which allow them to analyse how the website is being used and the number of visitors).
  3. Placing cookies on your computer means that we may show you adverts that you might be interested in, and allows us to control the number of times you see them and measure how effective the ad campaign has been. Advertising may be used to help us to keep the site free for you to use.
  4. We may use 'Flash' cookies to store your preferences for your media player (for example, volume and so on). If we don't use them, you may not be able to watch some video content. You can turn cookies off but if you do this, you may not be able to use all services on our websites and you might see more pop-ups and other advertising. This is because we won't be able to limit what you see by using cookies. However, you will still be able to see our editorial content.
  5. If a commercial option is explored we or other companies may use cookies to suggest and deliver content which we believe may interest you. For more information about cookies and managing them, including how to turn them off, please visit our page on Cookies.

By using the sites you are agreeing to the use of cookies as described.

Legal information and how to contact us

Under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 we have to say who the 'data controller' is for and services provided through our websites. The data controller is the organisation responsible for protecting information and, in our case, is Skills for Health.

If you would like a copy of the personal information we hold about you, or have any questions about how we may use it, please contact the Data Protection Manager at the address shown above.

Changes to the privacy policy

Should we elect to change our privacy policy we will post the changes here. Where the changes are significant, we may also choose to email all our registered users with the new details. Where required by law, will we obtain your consent to make these changes.

Changes to this policy will be recorded by date.

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