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Health Survey for England online questionnaire

What is the Health Survey for England?

The Health Survey for England is an annual survey and a major monitoring tool looking at the nation’s health. It is used by the Government to plan health services and make important policy decisions that have an impact on us all.

Who is carrying out the survey?

NHS Digital has asked NatCen Social Research and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL to carry out the survey. NatCen and UCL help design, carry out and analyse data from the survey.

NHS Digital is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (ENDPB), sponsored by the Department of Health and is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care in England. It is responsible for collecting information about all aspects of health and health services and works in partnership with the NHS and other national organisations to help make decisions to improve people’s care and wellbeing.

Why have I been selected to take part?

We chose your address at random from the Postcode Address File. This file is held by the Post Office and is available to the public.

How can I take part?

If you have been invited to take part, you will have received a letter in the post with instructions on how to access the online survey. You can access the online survey using this link:

The letter you received includes your unique access code to the survey.

Who should take part?

We are inviting two people aged 16 and over from each household chosen to take part in this study. If there are more than two people in your household, you may choose which two take part.

What will taking part involve?

This survey involves an online questionnaire. This should take about 20 minutes to complete. The interview covers a range of health topics like diet and nutrition, exercise and physical activity, and smoking and drinking. There will also be some questions on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Do I have to take part?

No, taking part is entirely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any stage.

What will happen to the information I give?

We will handle your data in accordance with data protection legislation. The survey findings are anonymised and nothing we publish will identify you. The results collected will help inform the planning of future health services.

Is the information I provide safe online?

Yes. The survey is entirely confidential and fully complies with data protection regulation. You will not receive any junk mail as a result of your participation. The information you give will be treated confidentially and used for statistical purposes only.

As part of our commitment to the security of your information, NatCen Social Research has regular internal and external audits of its information security, and is accredited to the ISO 27001:2013, the international standard for information security.

Do I have to complete the online questionnaire in one go?

It should only take about 20 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted and need to exit the questionnaire then you will be able to return to it where you left off. The questionnaire will be saved automatically, so you can close your internet browser and return to complete it at a more convenient time. To regain access to the questionnaire, just access the link in your letter, enter your password and you will return to where you left off.

The online questionnaire timed out

To protect the confidentiality of your answers, the questionnaire is closed down if it is left for a period of time. Your answers will have been saved so you can log back in by accessing the link in your letter.

I have completed my questionnaire, but you sent me a letter to remind me to do this.

Thank you for taking part! It might be that you completed the questionnaire after we had checked our records. We apologise, but we will have safely received your answers.

What will I get for taking part?

As a thank you for taking part, you will receive a £5 Love2Shop voucher upon completing the online questionnaire.

When will I receive my voucher?

Please allow a few weeks for your voucher to arrive by either post or if an email address is provided you will have the option of requesting an e-voucher.

Privacy notice

We will handle your data in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The survey findings are anonymised and nothing we publish will identify you. This study is part of the Health Survey for England (HSE) and is covered by the HSE privacy notice. You can access the privacy notice here.

How can I contact you?

To get in touch with us you can phone 0800 652 2704.