Latest NHS staff sickness absence statistics published

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26 / 2 / 2016 11.47am

The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has fallen from October 2014, where it was 4.42 per cent, to 4.24 per cent in October 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 October 2015 was nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners, with 0.80 per cent and the highest groups were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.44 per cent 
  • North West London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.41 per cent for October 2015 and the North West HEE region had the highest at 4.81 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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