Latest NHS staff sickness absence figures published


27 / 4 / 2015 10.20am

NHS staff sickness absence has risen by 0.31 per cent in the year to December 2014.

The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show an increase in overall sickness absence, rising to 4.79 per cent in December 2014 from 4.35 percent in December 2013.

The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations. The NHS is always open to the public so this data is based on a 365-day financial year.

The data tells us that:

  • the lowest staff sickness rate of any group were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners at 1.22 per cent at 3.89 per cent, 
  • South London has the lowest regional sickness absence while the North West has the highest at 5.62 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. 
For more information on the sickness absence data, please see the HSCIC website.

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