This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) between January and March 2013. This edition also contains an annual summary of sickness absence rates between 2009/10 and 2012/13 which will be published every July.
Sickness Absence Rates in the NHS - January to March 2013Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 23 Jul 2013
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Date Range:
- 30 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2013
Figures for the latest quarter show:
- Between January and March 2013 the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 4.38 per cent, an increase from the same period in 2012.
- The North East SHA area had the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2013 at 4.89 per cent. London SHA area had the lowest average at 3.62 per cent, although Special Health Authorities would have had the lowest rate (3.56 per cent) if classed as a geographical area.
- Ambulance Staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2013 with an average of 6.96 per cent. Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Learners had the lowest average at 1.04 per cent.
- Amongst types of organisation, Ambulance Trusts had the highest average sickness absence rate for January - March 2013 with an average of 6.42 per cent. Commissioning Support Units had the lowest average rate for this period, with a rate of 0 per cent. However, Commissioning Support Units were only effective in March 2013. Amongst organisations types that were effective for the full period, Strategic Health Authorities had the lowest average with a rate of 2.28 per cent.
Figures for the annual summary show:
The national annual sickness absence rate has fallen each year from 2009-10 to 2011-12. It fell from 4.40 per cent in 2009-10 to 4.16 per cent in 2010-11 to 4.12 per cent in 2011-12. It then rose to 4.24 per cent in 2012-13.