Health Survey for England - UKDS users

Closed 30 Sep 2019

Opened 21 Aug 2019


NHS Digital commissions the Health Survey for England.   We would like to understand, how you analyse the data, what data items are important to you, and what outputs you are interested in.  We are reviewing how we make data available to you in future as well as planning future surveys content.

Your input on which data and services or outputs you use will help us tailor the future surveys to meet users’ needs.  We want to ensure that the survey continues to be relevant to the people who use it and that we are meeting their information needs in the best and most cost-effective way. Constraints on change are that the survey should not be too long for respondents, has appropriate continuity in key statistics, and can be delivered within the available funding.

There are 38 questions to allow you to comment on aspects of the survey which might be relevant to you and to skip any question that is not relevant  – you can move on quickly to those that apply to you.

Citizen Space does offer a  'Save and come back ' later option where you could save a partly answered questionnaire and then finish it another time. Please note that to use this feature you will need to have cookies enabled in your web browser before you start answering.

Current design and services

The Health Survey for England (HSE) is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England.  The survey monitors trends in the nation’s health; estimates the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions; and estimates the prevalence of certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors associated with these conditions. It identifies unmet need for some health conditions, e.g. hypertension and diabetes. 

Data collection involves 2 stages: an interview (around 60 minutes average) in participants homes, followed by a shorter visit from a specially trained nurse for all those who agree who asks more medical focussed questions, and takes blood, saliva and urine samples from those who consent.

Details of the survey methodology and questionnaires are published content and design are published each year see the series of publications via





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