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Update: guidance on long term COVID-19 sickness absences

Read the update from the NHS Staff Council on the management of long-term COVID-19 sickness absences.

14 February 2022

The guidance issued by the NHS Staff Council in July 2021, which aims to help employers in England support their staff during the management of long-term COVID-19 sickness absences, remains the principle source of guidance when supporting any directly employed staff members. This is irrespective of any recently published guidance by other stakeholders.

The NHS Staff Council guidance encourages organisations to adapt the principles of their local sickness management policies to provide staff with the support they require during their absence and return to work.

Download the guidance and read further statements from the NHS Staff Council.