27 / 4 / 2016 Midnight
The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence has fallen from December 2014, where it was 4.79 per cent, to 4.39 per cent in December 2015.
The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations.
- The lowest sickness rate groups for December 2015 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners, with 0.98 per cent.
- The highest sickness rate groups were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.60 per cent.
- The North West London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.34 per cent for December 2015.
- The North West HEE region had the highest sickness absence at 5.09 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 and 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 and our trust support project report.
For more information on the sickness absence data, please see the HSCIC website.