17 / 12 / 2014 9.30am
NHS staff sickness absence has risen by 0.18 per cent in the year to August 2014.
The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show an increase in overall sickness absence, rising to 3.99 per cent in August 2014 from 3.81 percent in August 2013.
The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost by staff group, Health Education England (HEE) region and organisation. As the NHS is always open to the public, the data is based on a 365-day financial year.
The data tells us that:
- the lowest staff sickness rate of any group were medical and dental staff at 1.01 per cent, decreasing from 1.03 per cent in August 2013
- at 3.26 per cent, South London has the lowest regional sickness absence while the North West has the highest at 4.68 per cent.
Resources to help you manage sickness absence
Our online tool Everything you need to know about sickness absence is designed to help managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach. It includes a step-by-step guide for what to do when a staff member calls in sick, practical advice on some of the common reasons for sickness absence, as well as information on what to do if staff are frequently off sick.
Our Managers' guide on sickness absence is also a useful resource in managing sickness absence in the workplace.
For more information on the sickness absence data, please see the HSCIC website.