Health Survey for England
About the study
The Health Survey for England is 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.
The Health Survey for England is the main source of information for the Government about the nation’s health. It’s funded by NHS Digital and is used to shape health policy and improve health services, so that we can all stay healthier, for longer.
Improving health services
Most of us rely on public health services, and the Health Survey for England is used by local authorities and GPs to deliver better healthcare and improve treatment. The survey alerted GPs to the fact that lots of older people weren’t aware that they had kidney disease, and as a result, GPs are now much more vigilant for early symptoms.
5 a day
The survey has resulted in health awareness campaigns that are helping us all to be healthier, like the 5 a day campaign to get people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
We need to speak to everyone
We want the survey to be as representative of England as possible, which means we need to speak to people all over the country, not just people who have visited the hospital or are in touch with their GP.
Why take part?
How the Health Survey for England has made a difference
Taking the pressure off
We found that many people don’t know they have high blood pressure – which can cause serious health problems. Doctors now check blood pressure more regularly, and offer more people medication to control their blood pressure.
We discovered that most people aged 65 and over don’t walk fast enough to get across a pelican crossing in sufficient time. Because of this, many health authorities are now considering more time for crossings.
Spotting kidney disease
We learned that very few people – especially older people – knew that they had kidney disease. This signalled to GPs that they need to be especially vigilant of the warning signs in order to provide treatment for it.
A little time to make a big difference
Of course it’s up to you whether to take part in the survey, but we hope you do. We’re just asking that you spare a little time to tell us about your health. We know your time is precious, but our work really does make a difference. We help government and local authorities make the right decisions about the big issues.
What we've found out
Learn more about what the Health Survey for England and other research has uncovered in this short animation.
Why have I been chosen?
Why you’re so important to us
We’ve chosen your address at random using the publicly available Postcode Address File, to make sure we get a truly representative picture of everyone in England. Your address can’t be replaced by another one, as this would bias the results.
We want to hear from everyone
It’s really important to us and our client that our research represents everyone living in England. Whether you’re old or young, rich or poor, well or not so well, living in Cornwall or Cumbria, we value your information.
Whoever you are, your information is important to us. Taking part is an opportunity to shape the decisions made in government and local authorities about health policy and services that have an impact on us all.
If you’ve had a letter inviting you to take part in the survey, one of our interviewers will make contact with you in the next week or so. When the interviewer visits your address, they all carry photo ID with our logo on it. We understand that you may be busy, so we’ll organise the interview at a time that suits you.
We will be offering telephone or face-to-face interviews depending on COVID-19 guidelines and your preference. Your interviewer will explain which mode of interview we will be offering. Your interviewer will ask you about a range of topics including your health and aspects of your lifestyle that can affect it. And don’t worry – you don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to, we can just skip on to the next one.
No need to prepare
There’s no need to prepare for the interview. You don’t need any special knowledge, we just want to find out about your daily life and what your health is like. Most people agree to be interviewed and enjoy taking part.
Following on from the interview, you may be invited to take part in an additional visit from a qualified biomedical fieldworker. They’ll ask you about any medicines you take. Our biomedical fieldworker will also ask your permission to take some measurements, like your height and blood pressure.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to agree to everything at the start. The interviewer or biomedical fieldworker will explain each topic or measurement and you can decide about each one.
HSE 2022 documents
If you do not have your leaflet about your interview or you have lost it, you can view the content here.
If you do not have your showcards for your interview or have lost them, you can access them here.
If you have taken part in the Health Survey for England, you can find more information here.
We understand you may have some questions about our credentials and how we deal with personal information. Find out more here.
If you have any queries, or want to request that we change or delete your information, contact us:
Chloe Robinson, Research Director
Kings House, 101-135 Kings Road,
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4LX
Tel: 0800 526 397 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Digital Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Officers are responsible for upholding your rights and making sure we process your information correctly.
If you would like to complain to the Data Protection Regulator, you can contact: