Cookies and NHS Jobs

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to your device (e.g. computer, iPad, smartphone) when you access certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a site to recognise your device. They are very common and without cookies many of your online activities would not be possible.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to disallow cookies using different types of browsers.

Please note however, that by blocking or deleting cookies from NHS Jobs you may not be able to use the key site features, such as signing up, logging in, and applying for jobs.

Cookies used by NHS Jobs are split into two groups: essential cookies, which you must accept in order to use the site, and optional cookies, which you may choose not to accept without affecting site functionality. These two groups are described in detail below.

Interest Based Advertising

There is no third-party advertising on NHS Jobs.

Other Similar Technologies

In addition to cookies, NHS Jobs may sometimes use Pixel Gifs/web beacons - these are small image files that may be placed by us on the web pages or within the body of emails so we can understand which parts of the site are visited or whether particular content is of interest.

NHS Jobs does not use Flash Cookies

For information about your privacy and data used on NHS Jobs - please visit our Privacy Statement page.

Essential cookies

These cookies are essential to the operation of the site. If you do not wish to accept these cookies then you will not be able to use the site at all.




general_session search session, double click protection, search profile & national report session 24 hours
cookies_settings saves your cookie consent settings 1 year
lang language preference settings session
ass applicant site search session 10 hours
aplr applicant stores destination user tried to access before being forced to login 5 minutes
applicant applicant login session session
client1 recruiter login session session
conr recruiter stores destination user tried to access before being forced to login 5 minutes
rss recruiter site search session 10 hours
simple_view_on defined whether to hide job description summary in search results 6 months
file_token used to indicate a file has been returned in JavaScript 30 seconds
docs_links_lang language of UI to display in admin document and language management session
NET_SessionId LogiXML reporting session (windows) session
app_otp applicant password reset session session
con_otp recruiter password reset session session
review recruiter review application session session

Optional cookies

These cookies are used to help us understand how the site is used in order to keep improving the service. We use a third party service, Google Analytics, for this purpose so you should check their site for the very latest details of how cookies are used. At the time of writing the following cookies are in use.




_ga used to track users 2 years
_gid used to track users 24 hours
_gat_gtag_UA_3320079_1 Used to throttle Google Analytics request rate 1 minute

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you're happy for us to use here: Cookie settings