Welcome to the May edition of the HPMA membership newsletter.
The latest figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that NHS staff sickness absence for February 2015 and 2016 has remained the same at 4.42 per cent.
The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations. The data shows:
· The lowest sickness rate groups for February 2016 were nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners, with 1.30 per cent and the highest groups were healthcare assistants and other support staff at 6.51 per cent.
· The North West London HEE region had the lowest regional sickness absence at 3.49 per cent for February 2016 and North West HEE region had the highest sickness absence at 5 per cent.
NHS Employers has an online tool which is designed to help managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach to sickness absence. It includes a step-by-step guide for what to do when a staff member calls in sick, practical advice on some of the common reasons for sickness absence and information on what to do if staff are frequently off sick.