Latest NHS sickness absence statistics April 2019

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Latest figures released by NHS Digital show that for April 2019 the monthly NHS staff sickness absence was 4.06 per cent, which was slightly lower than March 2019 (4.08 per cent).

Staff groups

  • The lowest sickness absence rate by staff group in April 2019 was 2.86 per cent for scientific, therapeutic and technical staff. This is 0.64 percent lower than it was in January 2019. 
  • The highest sickness absence rates by staff group is support to clinical staff at 5.47 per cent. This is 0.96 per cent lower than it was in January 2019. 

Organisation type

  • The ambulance service has an overall sickness absence rate of 5.46 per cent for April 2019. Followed by Mental Health and Learning disability at 4.63 per cent and Community Provider Trust at 4.31 per cent.
  • The lowest overall sickness absence for organisational type was the Clinical Commissioning Group at 2.81 per cent. 


  • Health Education North West region had the highest sickness absence percentage rate of 4.74, which is 0.73 per cent less than it was in January 2019.
  • The lowest regional sickness absence rate for April 2019 was North West London HEE with 3.30 per cent. This was followed by North Central and East London HEE with 3.35 per cent.

Resources to support you managing sickness absence

Our everything you need to know about sickness absence tool helps managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach to sickness absence. It includes step-by-step guides 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. 

Access our action on absence web pages for more information and guidance, including our 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 website.

Sign up to our joint sickness absence webinar with Acas, which will look at all aspects of sickness absence, including managing short and long-term absence, improving your approach to sickness absence, and having difficult conversations and back-to-work interviews. 


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