Quarterly report on NHS Sickness absence rates by HEE region and main staff groups (based on NHS workforce census staff groups)
• Between April and June 2015 the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 3.94 per cent, an increase from the same period in 2014.
• The North West HEE region had the highest average sickness absence rate at 4.59 per cent. South London HEE region had the lowest average at 3.23 per cent, although Special Health Authorities and other statutory bodies would have had the lowest rate (3.01 per cent) if classed as a region.
• Healthcare Assistants and Other Support Staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 6.08 per cent. Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Learners had the lowest average at 1.07 per cent.
• Amongst types of organisation, Ambulance had the highest average sickness absence rate with an average of 5.32 per cent. Clinical Commissioning Groups had the lowest average with a rate of 2.39 per cent.