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NHS Sickness Absence Rates December 2017 Provisional Statistics

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, NHS Trusts, Hospital Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Community health services, Hospital and Community Health Services, Strategic Health Authorities, Care Trusts, Cancer networks, Primary Care Organisations, Government Office Regions, Local Authorities, GP practices, Dental practices, Pharmacies and clinics, Primary Care Trusts, Regional health body, NHS Health Boards, Middle Layer Super Output Areas, Census Area Statistics Wards, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Parliamentary constituency, Health Education England Region
Date Range:
30 Apr 2009 to 31 Dec 2017


This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) October 2017 to December 2017.

Key Facts

• Between October and December 2017, the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 4.43 (per cent), a decrease on the same period in 2016.

• The North West HEE region had the highest average sickness absence rate at 5.05 (per cent). North West London and North Central and East London HEE regions had the lowest average at 3.58 (per cent).

• Healthcare Assistants and Other Support Staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 6.67 (per cent). Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Learners had the lowest average at 1.03 (per cent).

• Amongst types of organisation, Ambulance had the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 5.74 (per cent). Special Health Authority had the lowest average with a rate of 2.91 (per cent).


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Last edited: 24 August 2018 8:54 am