Latest NHS staff sickness absence figures published

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26 / 5 / 2015 11.41am

The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has risen by 0.28 per cent in the year from January 2014 (4.44 per cent) to January 2015 (4.72 per cent).

The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations. The data is based on a 365 day working year.  The data tells us that:

  • the lowest sickness rate of any group for January 2015 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners at 1.3% and the highest were ambulance staff at 7.39 per cent
  • North Central and East London has the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.77% in January 2015 and the North West has the highest at 5.51 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 to sickness absence. 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.

See our dedicated web section 'action on absence' for more information and guidance, including our sickness absence calculator.

For more information on the sickness absence data, please see the HSCIC website.

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