Sickness rates in NHS below average

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Staff sickness rates at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust is consistently better than the North West average.

In March, the sickness rate for the trust was 3.8 per cent compared to an average across all NHS organisations in the North West which stood at 4.84 per cent.

According to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, between April 2014 and March 2015, 81,884 days were lost to sickness absence at the trust, equating to 3.74 per cent.

A trust spokesperson said: “The trust considers the health of its workforce of paramount importance and has a number of initiatives in place to promote the wellbeing of its staff.

“The organisation is recognised as a leading employer in the region, this week being named in the list of top 100 NHS employers for the second consecutive year.”

Sickness rates at St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group are also better than average at 2.01 per cent of full time days in 2014/15. But ambulance staff remain the most likely to take time off through sickness. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) lost 128,142 days to sickness absence in 2014/15, equating to 7.41 per cent.

A spokesman from NWAS said: “Traditionally ambulance services across England have higher sickness rates compared to other trusts considering the physicality of the work undertaken. NWAS does all it can to support staff and is continuously working with them to help with the challenges they face.”