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NHS Sickness Absence Rates, February 2022, 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 February 2022
The overall sickness absence rate for England was 5.6%. This is lower than January 2022 (6.7%) but higher than February 2021 (4.6%).
Regional and organisational type variation
The North West region reported the highest sickness absence rate in February 2022 at 6.3%, this is lower than their rate in January 2022 (7.8%). The London region reported the lowest sickness absence rate in February 2022 at 4.9%, this is lower than their rate in January 2022 (6.0%).
Ambulance Trusts had the highest sickness absence rate at 8.5% in February 2022, this is lower than their rate in January 2022 (9.9%). Commissioning Support Units had the lowest sickness absence rate at 2.6%, falling slightly since January 2022 (3.0%).
Staff group differences
Support to ambulance staff reported the highest sickness absence rate in February 2022 at 9.7%. With Ambulance staff reporting the second highest sickness absence rate in February 2022 at 8.1%. Support to doctors, nurses & midwives had the third highest rate at 7.6%.
Senior managers reported the lowest rate at 1.7% in February 2022.
Reason for sickness absence
Anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses is consistently the most reported reason for sickness absence, accounting for over 482,500 full time equivalent days lost and 23.4% of all sickness absence in February 2022. This has increased since January 2022 (19.9%).