NHS staff sickness absence figures

The latest figures released by NHS Digital show that NHS staff sickness absence has increased from May 2015, where it was 3.09 per cent, to 3.84 per cent in May 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 rate groups for April 2016 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners, with 0.95 per cent
  • The highest sickness rate groups were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 5.87 per cent
  • The North Central East London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 2.98 per cent for May 2016
  • The North West HEE region had the highest sickness absence at 4.45 per cent.
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