Relaunched Sickness Absence Toolkit

Our popular Sickness Absence Toolkit has been redesigned with an improved look and updated content to reflect the latest guidance for managers.

19 January 2024

A new version of our online Sickness Absence Toolkit is now available, supporting line managers to have confidence and consistency when managing sickness absences in their teams.  

The resource has been fully redesigned to be more interactive, easier to use and navigate, and the content updated to share latest statistics and guidance on NHS sickness absence. 

The toolkit supports line managers through all phases of staff sickness absence, offering information and good practice around reporting of absences, making reasonable adjustments for frequent and long-terms absences, and supporting staff while away from work.

It also provides advice on sickness absence prevention strategies and ways to support those returning to work.

The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan highlights improved retention of our valued NHS workforce as one of its key pillars, which includes supporting them to stay well.

Recent reports show the overall rate of NHS sickness absence in England to be 4.9 per cent, with the most common causes being anxiety, stress, depression or other psychiatric illness, according to NHS Digital.

Our relaunched toolkit is available online, designed for managers to access easily and use in the workplace. 

The latest version includes: 

  • additional resources to help with common causes of sickness absence
  • signposts to additional support and guidance
  • easier navigation to relevant chapters and content
  • latest statistics and figures on NHS sickness absence.

Take a look at the toolkit here.

If you have examples of sickness absence good practice from your own organisation that you'd like to share, please email the health and wellbeing team and they'll be in touch.