New online tool takes headache out of sick leave

Sickness abscence

22 / 7 / 2014 8am

The NHS Employers organisation today (22 July) launched a new online tool to further improve the management of staff sick leave in the NHS. 

Everything you need to know about sickness absence’ is designed to help managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach. 

The online support tool answers questions such as, what do you do when a staff member calls in sick? How do you handle long-term or recurring absences? How can managers reduce stress, support staff to return to work and prevent sickness absence from becoming an issue in the first place? 

Its release coincides with official figures released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which show that annual sickness absence rates for NHS staff in England are at their lowest point since 2009-10 when the HSCIC began recording the data.

There is plenty of evidence out there, highlighting the fact that looking after the health and wellbeing of your staff can directly contribute to the delivery of quality patient care. 

It can be hard to know how best to react to, and manage staff absence. This simple and easy-to-access guide aims to support managers, so that they can in turn can better support their staff and manage sickness absence well. 

The guide was tested with a number of managers across the NHS. Their feedback told us that it was a really useful resource, covering process as well as practical tips that can be used when having difficult conversations. We welcome on ideas on how we can make this resource even better. 

Access the online tool ‘Everything you need to know about sickness absence’

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