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This report shows monthly sickness absence rates of NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) staff working in NHS Trusts and other core organisations and NHS Support Organisations and Central Bodies. Data is presented by NHS England region, ICS area, organisation, organisation type, staff group and reason for sickness absence.
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NHS Absence rates in June 2023
The overall sickness absence rate for England was 4.5%. This remains unchanged since May 2023 (4.5%) and is lower than June 2022 (5.2%).
Regional and organisational type variation
The North West region reported the highest sickness absence rate in June 2023 at 5.3%, remaining relatively unchanged since May 2023 (5.2%).
The London and South East of England regions reported the lowest sickness absence rate in June 2023 at 4.0% each, remaining relatively unchanged since May 2023 (3.9% and 4.0% respectively).
Ambulance Trusts had the highest sickness absence rate at 6.4% in June 2023, remaining relatively unchanged since May 2023 (6.3%). Integrated Care Boards had the lowest sickness absence rate at 2.6%, remaining unchanged since May 2023 (2.6%).
Staff group differences
Support to ambulance staff reported the highest sickness absence rate in June 2023 at 7.6%, remaining relatively unchanged since May 2023 (7.5%).
Consultants reported the lowest sickness absence rate in June 2023 at 1.5%.
Reason for sickness absence
Anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses was the most reported reason for sickness, accounting for over 510,800 full time equivalent days lost and 27.4% of all sickness absence in June 2023. This has increased since May 2023 (26.4%).