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NHS Sickness Absence Rates: January 2017 to March 2017 and Annual Summary 2010-11 to 2016-17

Publication date: 09:30 July 25, 2017

Summary

This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) between January and March 2017. This edition also contains an annual summary of sickness absence rates between 2009-10 and 2016-17.

 


Key Facts

Key findings
•Between January and March 2017 the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 4.29 per cent, a slight decrease from the same period in 2016.
•The North West HEE region had the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2017 at 4.92 per cent. North West London HEE region had the lowest average at 3.38 per cent.
•Healthcare Assistants and Other Support Staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2017 with an average of 6.43 per cent. Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Learners had the lowest average at 1.03 per cent.
•Amongst types of organisation, Ambulance Trusts had the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2017 with an average of 5.54 per cent. Commissioning Support Units had the lowest average for this period, with a rate of 2.91 per cent.
•The national annual sickness absence rate fell between 2009-10 and 2011-12. It fell from 4.40 per cent to 4.12 per cent. It has risen and fallen consecutively each year since 2012-13 (4.24 per cent) and in 2016-17 is now at its most recent increase (4.16 per cent).


Coverage

Date Range: 30 April 2009 to 31 March 2017
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: NHS Trusts, Hospital Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups

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