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NHS Sickness Absence Rates, November 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 November 2021
The overall sickness absence rate for England was 5.6%. This is slightly lower than October 2021 (5.7%) and higher than November 2020 (4.9%).
Regional and organisational type variation
The North West region reported the highest sickness absence rate in November 2021 at 6.6%, this is slightly lower than their rate in October 2021 (6.7%). The London region reported the lowest sickness absence rate in November 2021 at 4.8%, this is slightly lower than their rate in October 2021 (4.9%).
Ambulance Trusts had the highest sickness absence rate at 8.1% in November 2021, this remains relatively unchanged since October 2021 (8.2%). Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units had the lowest sickness absence rate at 3.2% each, remaining relatively unchanged since October 2021 (3.1% and 3.2% respectively).
Staff group differences
Support to ambulance staff reported the highest sickness absence rate in November 2021 at 9.4%. Support to doctors, nurses & midwives reported the second highest sickness absence rate in November 2021 at 7.8%.
Staff Grade reported the lowest rate at 0.8% in November 2021.
Reason for sickness absence
Anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses is consistently the most reported reason for sickness absence, accounting for over 561,800 full time equivalent days lost and 25.7% of all sickness absence in November 2021. This has increased slightly since October 2021 (25.1%).