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NHS Sickness Absence Rates - April, 2021, Provisional Statistics

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NHS Sickness Absence Rates - April, 2021, Provisional Statistics


Please note: We intend to change the format of the COVID-19 sickness absence related data in the May 2021 publication, which is due to be published on 30 September 2021. The COVID-19 sickness absence tables and Power BI dashboard will be replaced by a CSV file. This will include a time series of data by staff group and organisation from March 2020 to the most recent month to allow users to perform their own analysis.

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30 September 2021 00:00 AM

Summary

NHS Sickness Absence Rates - April, 2021, Provisional Statistics


Tables 1-4 (Monthly Sickness Absence Rates by NHS England region, Staff Group, Organisation Type and Organisation) from the quarterly Sickness Absence reports are published on a monthly basis on the same day as the Monthly workforce publication. This is to enable the data in these publications to be available on a more frequent and timely basis.

NHS Absence rates in April 2021

The overall sickness absence rate for England was 4.1%. This is slightly higher than March 2021 (4.0%) and lower than April 2020 (6.2%).

Regional and organisational type variation

The North West region reported the highest sickness absence rate in April 2021 at 5.0%, this is slightly higher than their rate in March 2021 (4.8%). The London region reported the lowest sickness absence rate in April 2021 at 3.5%, this is slightly higher than their rate in March 2021 (3.4%).

Ambulance Trusts had the highest sickness absence rate at 6.2% in April 2021, this is slightly higher than March 2021 (5.9%).

Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units had the lowest sickness absence rate at 2.1% respectively, remaining relatively unchanged since March 2021 (2.1% for CCGs and 2.3% for CSUs).

Staff group differences

Support to ambulance staff reported the highest sickness absence rate in April 2021 at 7.4%. Ambulance staff, Support to doctors, nurses & midwives and Hotel, property & estates staff all reported the second highest sickness absence rate in April 2021 at 5.7%.

Staff Grade reported the lowest rate at 0.1% in April 2021.

Reason for sickness absence

Anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses is consistently the most reported reason for sickness absence, accounting for over 439,000 full time equivalent days lost and 28.3% of all sickness absence in April 2021. This remains relatively unchanged since March 2021 (28.8%).

COVID-19 related sickness absence

116,275 full time equivalent days (from a total of 1,550,455 FTE days lost) were lost due to COVID-19 related sickness absence in April 2021, equating to 7.5% of all absences recorded, compared to 10.8% in March 2021. (Please see COVID-19 related absence file in the Resources section below for further information on COVID-19 reported absence).




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