22 / 7 / 2015 Midnight
The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has risen from January to March 2014 when it was 4.2 per cent to January to March 2015 when it was 4.44 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 January to March 2015 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners at 1.22 per cent and the highest were ambulance staff at 6.78 per cent
- North Central and East London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.61 per cent for January to March 2015 and the North East HEE region had he highest at 5.15 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.