Latest NHS staff sickness absence statistics for September 2017


The latest figures released by NHS Digital show that for September 2017 NHS staff sickness absence was 3.99 per cent, which is the same as it was in September 2016.

The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations.

  • The lowest sickness absence rate by staff group in September 2017 was for nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners at 0.94 per cent.  This is a 0.09 per cent decrease since September 2016.
  • The highest sickness absence rate by staff group in September 2017 is for healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.06 per cent. This was followed by the Ambulance Staff at 5.31 per cent.
  • Looking at the statistics by organisation type it shows the ambulance service with an overall sickness absence rate of 5.24 per cent. This is the highest sickness absence rate per organisation type in September 2017 and a 0.02 per cent increase for the same period in 2016.   
  • The North West HEE region had the highest sickness absence rate for September 2017 at 4.54 per cent. This is a 0.10 per cent reduction from September 2016. 
  • The lowest regional sickness absence rate for September 2017 at 3.28 per cent for North West London HEE followed by Central and East London HEE with 3.35 per cent and South London HEE with 3.51 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 updated interactive sickness absence calculator and our eight elements to reducing sickness absence.

For more information on the sickness absence data, please see the NHS Digital

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