Sickness Absence Rates in the NHS - October-December 2009, Experimental statistics
This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) between October and December 2009. This is the third publication of sickness absence statistics using data taken form the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). As such, these figures are presented as an experimental series. The IC will publish these figures quarterly in the future.
- The average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 4.6 per cent, a (rounded) increase of 0.3 per cent on the previous quarter.
- The North East SHA area had the highest average sickness absence rate with its organisations averaging 5.2 per cent. The London SHA area had the lowest average at 3.9 per cent.
- Healthcare assistants and other support staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 6.9 per cent. The medical and dental staff group had the lowest average at 1.3 per cent.
- Amongst types of organisation, ambulance trusts had the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 6.1 per cent. Strategic health authorities had the lowest average with a rate of 2.2 per cent.
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