NHS staff: average worker takes an estimated 9.5 working days off sick a year

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NHS staff: average worker takes an estimated 9.5 working days off sick a year

Slight increase in national sick rate on previous year, with ambulance staff most affected

NHS workers in England took an estimated 9.5 working days off sick last year according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report, which also points to a slight rise in sickness absence rates.

This latest figure – for 2012-13 – compares to an estimated 9.3 working days in 2011-12 and 9.9 working days in 2009-10, the first year of reporting

The findings for the last four financial years relate to about 1.05 million full time equivalent workers5in the English NHS (excluding GPs and practice staff) and are based on applying the measured sickness absence rate to an assumed full time working pattern of 225 days a year. It is estimated that in 2012-13 average sick days per person equated to:

  • 14.7 days for qualified ambulance staff, compared to 13.9 in 2011-12 and 14.4 in 2009-10.
  • 2.8 days for hospital doctors, compared to 2.7 days in 2011-12 and 2.7 days in 2009-10.
  • 10.6 days for qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, compared to 10.2 days in 2011-12 and 10.9 days in 2009-10.
  • 8.4 days for infrastructure support staff (which includes clerical, estates and managerial staff), compared to 8.2 days in 2011-12 and 8.8 days in 2009-10.

Today’s report mainly considers sickness absence rates and total days lost by staff group, region and organisation. These findings are based on the full 365 day financial year, given the NHS is always operational, and includes non-working days if they fall within a reported absence period. The data shows that in 2012-13:

  • 4.24 per cent of NHS staff overall (excluding general practice) were ill on an average day), compared to 4.12 per cent in 2011-12 and 4.40 per cent in 2009-10.
  • 6.55 per cent of qualified ambulance staff were ill on an average day – the highest rate of any staff group – compared to 6.18 per cent in 2011-12 and 6.38 per cent in 2009-10.
  • 1.25 per cent of hospital doctors were ill on an average day – the lowest rate of any staff group -compared to 1.19 per cent in 2011-12 and 1.21 per cent in 2009-10.
  • Regionally6,the North East had the highest sickness absence rate, with 4.74 per cent of staff ill on an average day, compared to 4.55 per cent in 2011-12 and 4.98 per cent in 2009-10. The lowest rate was in London at 3.52 per cent, compared to 3.51 per cent in 2011-12 and 3.64 per cent in 2009-10.
  • Sickness absence was highest among the lowest-paid. Six per cent of staff within the second lowest pay band (Agenda for Change Band 2) were ill on an average day– the highest rate of any pay band. The lowest rate was in the highest pay band (Band 9), with 1.22 per cent ill on an average day.

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “Today’s report offers a crucial insight into the level of sickness absence within the NHS and therefore provides a health check of the very professions which care for the sick within our society.

“As the NHS is one of the biggest employers in this country, this data is absolutely essential for health service employers locally and nationally, as well as the Government, to gain an insight into the many staff groups that keep the health service operational 365 days of the year.”

The report is at: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/sickabsratejanmar13

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