Updated guidelines on the prevention and management of sickness absence


05 / 11 / 2013 6.28pm

Staff absence is a challenge for managers who are tasked with providing services within increasingly stretched resources. Equally, those staff remaining at work are placed under greater pressure having to cover for absent colleagues and do more with less staff.

The 2009 Boorman Review estimates that absence could be cut by a third, meaning a cost reduction of £555 million per year if interventions to prevent and manage sickness absence are implemented effectively.

This document, produced by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Parnership Group (HSWPG) is designed:

  • to provide best practice guidance for policy development
  • to support best management practice in supporting staff to improve attendance and handling complex attendance management situations
  • to guide organisations on how they can effectively and positively improve staff availability through effective management
  • to provide organisations with a basis on which they can obtain assurance that everything possible is being done to improve attendance. 

The Health, Work and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) is national sub-group of the NHS Staff Council. The overall purpose of the group is to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations and to promote a safer working environment for all health care staff. The group, formerly known as the Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health in health care (POSHH) changed its name and terms of reference in early 2013 to reflect the growing emphasis on workplace wellbeing issues and further develop and support partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing at a national and local level.

View the range of publications, resources and online advice produced and commissioned by the HSWPG in the keeping you well section of NHS Employers website. 


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