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Publication, Part of

NHS Sickness Absence Rates April 2014 - June 2014

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Cancer networks, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, Ambulance Trusts, GP practices, Dental practices, Pharmacies and clinics, Community health services, Primary Care Trusts, Regional health body, Care Trusts, NHS Health Boards, Hospital and Community Health Services, Middle Layer Super Output Areas, Mental Health Trusts, Census Area Statistics Wards, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Parliamentary constituency
Date Range:
30 Apr 2009 to 30 Jun 2014


This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) between April and June 2014.

Key Facts

  • Between April and June 2014 the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 3.92%, an increase from the same period in 2013.
  • The North West HEE region had the highest average sickness absence rate at 4.57%. North Central and East London HEE region had the lowest average at 3.15%, although Special Health Authorities and other statutory bodies would have had the lowest rate (3.05%) if classed as a region.
  • Ambulance Staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 6.41%. Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Learners had the lowest average at 1.11%.
  • Amongst types of organisation, Ambulance Trusts had the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 5.98%. Clinical Commissioning Groups had the lowest average with a rate of 2.37%. Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities have been excluded from this comparison as the majority were dissolved in April 2013, and the remaining few are remnants within ESR as a result of transition. However, the Primary Care Trusts are included in table 4. These organisations will be excluded from future Sickness Absence publications.


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