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NHS Sickness Absence Rates, October 2021 to December 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 December 2021
The overall sickness absence rate for England was 6.2%. This is higher than November 2021 (5.6%) and higher than December 2020 (5.1%).
Regional and organisational type variation
The North West region reported the highest sickness absence rate in December 2021 at 7.3%, this is higher than their rate in November 2021 (6.6%). The South East of England region reported the lowest sickness absence rate in December 2021 at 5.5%, this is slightly higher than their rate in November 2021 (5.1%).
Ambulance Trusts had the highest sickness absence rate at 9.3% in December 2021, this is higher than their rate in November 2021 (8.1%). Commissioning Support Units had the lowest sickness absence rate at 3.3%, remaining relatively unchanged since November 2021 (3.2%).
Staff group differences
Support to ambulance staff reported the highest sickness absence rate in December 2021 at 10.9%. With Ambulance staff reporting the second highest sickness absence rate in December 2021 at 8.6%.
Staff Grade reported the lowest rate at 1.6% in December 2021.
Reason for sickness absence
Anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses is consistently the most reported reason for sickness absence, accounting for over 593,200 full time equivalent days lost and 23.7% of all sickness absence in December 2021. This has decreased slightly since November 2021 (25.7%).