NHS workers in Hartlepool are among the healthiest in the North East as sickness rates are below average.
Sickness absence rates for the month of January show that 5.27%of workers at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust were off work.
We are very pleased to see our staff sickness absence rates continue to be below the regional average.Ann Burrell, director of human resources at the Trust, said
The data, which has been released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, places the trust below the regional average of 5.43%, but slightly higher than the English average of 4.70%.
However, there has been a drop in sickness levels for the trust, which serves Hartlepool, East Durham and parts of Teesside, when compared to January 2014, which then had a rate of 5.47 %.
And bosses at the trust say that sickness rates have continued to improve as they revealed to the Mail that absences in February’s stood at 4.93%, while March’s were 5.05%and April’s came in at 4.48%.
Ann Burrell, director of human resources for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to see our staff sickness absence rate continue to be below the regional average.
“When staff are unwell, it is also important that we do everything we can to help them make a good recovery with time off and support when they return to work.
“We have a fantastic occupational health and wellbeing service which can also provide support to our staff.”
The best performing trust within the region was Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which, for January, had an absence rate of 4.65%.
While the sickest was Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which had a rate of 6.89%.
The absence rate is calculated by dividing the sum total sickness absence days (including non-working days) by the sum total days available per month.