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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 27 August 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter ending March 2015
  • Next update: November 2015
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.6 per cent, unchanged from the same period in 2014.
  • Sickness absence shows seasonal variation, however the 12 month moving average has increased since April 2014 to reach 5.6 per cent in the latest quarter.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 7.8 per cent.
  • Powys Teaching LHB had the lowest sickness absence, 4.1 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers staff group, 7.8 per cent.


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