Topic outline

  • Virtual Learning Environment - Privacy Policy

    1. Access to your personal information
    2. How we use personal information
    3. Freedom of Information Act Publication Scheme
    4. Use of cookies and your privacy
    5. Security
    6. Links to third-party sites
    7. Copyright
  • Access to your personal information

    When you create an account on NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) we create a database record containing a number of pieces of personal information i.e. name, email address and organisation. Additional information is added to this record as you complete eLearning courses through the VLE. The data controller for your personal data is NHS Health Scotland.
    You have the right under the Data Protection Act to information about your personal data (the right of 'subject access').

    NHS Health Scotland
    Learning and Workforce Development
    Meridian Court
    5 Cadogan Street
    G2 6QE

  • How we use personal information

    We may use the personal information that you provide when you register:

    To generate reports for health boards or other partner organisations on the number of staff who have completed a particular eLearning resource. This will include your name, position, organisation, email address, health board region, local authority, city/town, county and the date you completed the learning. Your health board area may use this information to contact you to offer you training to help support your continued professional development.

    To contact you directly via email to provide news and information on courses that you have signed up to. Trainers may contact you via a course page that you have signed up to. If you would like to unsubscribe to any forum on the VLE this can be done via the trainer or

  • Freedom of Information Act Publication Scheme

    NHS Health Scotland’s Freedom of Information policy can be found at the link below. NHS Health Scotland Freedom of Information Policy

  • Use of cookies and your privacy

    A cookie is a small data file. Cookies cannot read your hard disk or make any information collected by use of a cookie available to any third party. A cookie can only be read by the organisation that installs it.

    Some parts of The VLE store a cookie on your computer to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of our website and to see how effective our navigational structure is. We do not release this information to third parties.

    If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our VLE, you can set your browser to refuse all cookies that are stored on your computer. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use or navigate through many parts of our website.

    If you are a registered user of the VLE and wish to sign in to password protected course areas you will need to allow "per-session" cookies. These cookies are only stored on your computer for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser or sign out of the VLE.

  • Security

    We take security very seriously. All NHS Health Scotland staff carry out mandatory training on how they handling personal information. Data is protected from unauthorised access and we are confident no one will be able to access your personal information unlawfully. We also protect data which is being transferred. As long as your web browser supports the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), any personal data transmitted from your browser to our web service, or from the service to your browser, will be encrypted. Please note that Internet e-mail is never a 100% secure way of communicating. By using it, you agree that you will send any information by e-mail at your own risk.

  • Links to third-party sites

    While we will take all reasonable precautions to make sure that other organisations who we deal with have good security practices, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those organisations whose websites may be linked to our services.

  • Copyright

    Every effort has been made to ensure all our content has the necessary copyright permissions secured. If you feel your copyright has been infringed in any way by the use of any material within our modules then please contact