Latest NHS staff sickness absence figures published

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24 / 6 / 2015 Midnight

The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has risen by 0.11 per cent in the year from February 2014 (4.31 per cent) to February 2015 (4.42 per cent).

The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE), regions and organisations.  The data tells us that:

  • the lowest sickness rate of any group for February 2015 were medical and dental staff at 1.29 per cent and the highest were ambulance staff at 6.66 per cent
  • North Central and East London has the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.58 per cent in February 2015 and the North East has the highest at 5.11 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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