It has come to our attention that a number of users, instead of clicking a bookmark to the site or typing https://www.nhseportfolios.org
into the address bar of their browser, access our site by searching for terms such as "NHS ePortfolio" in search engines such as Google or Bing, and then clicking links in the search results page these sites choose to provide.
When navigating to the site in this way, the results page provided by these third party sites can often include links to alternate instances of our main site in which users login credentials do not work, but which look very similar to our main site, causing confusion/frustration to users. (Please note, these results vary on a per user basis and are not consistent in their content).
This situation arose previously, in May/June 2013, when Google substantially changed the algorithm used to prioritise search results.
These alternate sites can be easily identified as they have different addresses (e.g. http://qa.nhseportfolios.org
) which will appear in the address bar of the browser when accessing the site and because all but one of the alternate sites now contain the following information message on the homepage:
This is not the main NHS ePortfolio site - you may have reached this site by mistake. You are viewing xxx.nhseportfolios.org
, were you looking for www.nhseportfolios.org
Whilst the contents of the results pages in the search engines are not
controlled by NES, we have contacted the two major global search engines - Google and Bing - to remove links to alternate instances of our site to reduce this possible source of confusion. We are currently investigating the options available to us to ensure that the non-inclusion of alternative sites is made permanent.
In the interim, please ensure that all trainees/users you are visiting the main site at the following address: https://www.nhseportfolios.org
If users continue to experience/report login issues, please first confirm that they are visiting https://www.nhseportfolios.org
and, if problems persist, please provide a full-screen screengrab where possible to assign with identifying the issue.