24 / 9 / 2015 9.32am
The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has risen from May 2014 when it was 3.85 per cent, to 3.9 per cent in May 2015.
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 May 2015 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners at 1.06 per cent and the highest were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.03 per cent
- Health Education South London region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.16 per cent for May 2015 and the North West HEE region had the highest at 4.53 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