Latest health and safety statistics in the health and social care sector

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10 / 11 / 2015 4pm

The latest health and safety statistics from HSE have been published and within the UK. The Health and Social Care sector is a major employer accounting for over 10 per cent of the workforce (Source: Office for National Statistics table A01).

The report states around 186,000 health and social care workers annually in Great Britain were suffering from an illness they believe was caused or made worse by their work.  Around half these cases were new conditions which started during the year, while the remainder were long-standing conditions.
Of these 186,000 cases, around:

  • 85,000 were cases of stress, depression or anxiety cases, of which almost 60 per cent were new conditions; 
  • 69,000 were cases of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), of which just over a third were new conditions;
  • 33,000 were cases of other illness (such as skin or respiratory conditions), of which over 60 per cent were new conditions.

Within the 186,000 Health and Social Care sector cases 107,000 were for workers in standard industrial classification ‘Human health activities’. On average, stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for over 80 per cent of the work-related illness cases in the Health and Social Care sector (Source: Labour Force Survey).

Looking at ill health by occupation shows that some of the highest rates of work-related illness are in occupations that are predominately found in the Health and Social Care sector, namely:

  • nurses and midwifery professionals (6.3 per cent)
  • health associate professionals, including for example paramedics, pharmaceutical, medical and dental technicians (5.4 per cent) 
  • health and social services managers and directors (5.1 per cent)
  • personal services, including for example nursing auxiliaries, care workers and home carers (4.4 per cent)
  • health professionals, including for example medical and dental practitioners, medical radiographers (4.4 per cent).

The full health services report is available as a PDF document from the HSE website

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