NHS sickness absence rates released for August 2016


The latest figures released by NHS Digital show that NHS staff sickness absence remained the same at 3.92 per cent in August 2016, compared to 3.92 per cent in August 2015. 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 group, at 0.92 per cent in August 2016 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners.
  • The highest sickness rate groups were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.10 per cent.
  • The North West London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence in August 2016 at 3.03 per cent.
  • The North West HEE region had 4.60 per cent, which was the highest sickness absence rate for August 2016. 

Resources to help you manage sickness absence

Our online tool Everything you need to know about sickness absence is designed to help managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach to sickness absence. It includes a step-by-step guide 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. 

See our dedicated web section action on absence for more information and guidance, including our sickness absence calculator and our trust support project report

For more information on the sickness absence data, please see NHS Digital.

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