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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information NHS staff absence and self-isolation rate, by staff group and date

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, fortnightly information on NHS staff absence has been published to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity. Figures show the fortnightly average percentage of NHS staff absent due to COVID-19 related illness, self-isolation or otherwise by staff group and date. The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.

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14 - 20 April 20201.93.72.02.52.75.65.15.0
21 - 27 April 20201.83.52.02.42.55.25.04.8
28 April - 04 May 20201.53.02.02.22.35.44.84.7
05 - 11 May 20201.22.51.61.82.14.94.74.5
12 - 18 May 20201.12.61.71.92.24.44.64.3
19 - 25 May 20201.12.61.71.92.44.54.54.3
26 May - 01 June 20200.92.21.41.62.44.44.44.2
02 - 08 June 20200.81.91.21.32.24.34.34.1
09 - 15 June 20200.61.50.91.02.24.34.34.1
16 - 22 June 20200.61.20.80.92.14.14.03.9
23 - 29 June 20200.41.00.70.72.14.14.03.8
30 June - 06 July 20200.30.90.60.62.03.83.83.6
07 - 13 July 20200.30.70.50.62.03.73.73.6
14 - 20 July 20200.30.70.50.52.13.63.63.5
21 - 27 July 20200.20.60.50.52.03.53.53.4
28 July - 03 August 20200.20.50.40.41.83.63.63.4
04 - 10 August 20200.10.50.40.41.53.53.53.3
17 August 2020Data collection changed to weekly \'snapshots\'. Drop in self-isolation figures likely due to new shielding arrangements commenced on 16 August.0.10.40.30.31.42.72.72.6
24 August 20200.10.30.30.31.22.42.22.1
31 August 20200.10.40.30.31.12.31.92.0
07 September 20200.20.40.30.31.22.21.91.9
14 September 20200.30.50.40.41.32.62.02.1
21 September 20200.40.60.50.51.32.51.92.0
28 September 20200.30.60.50.51.12.31.81.9
05 October 20200.40.60.50.51.12.21.81.8
12 October 20200.40.60.50.51.02.41.91.9
19 October 20200.50.70.70.61.12.32.02.0
26 October 20200.50.90.70.71.12.41.92.0
02 November 20200.71.20.91.01.02.52.02.0
09 November 20200.91.51.11.21.22.31.92.0
16 November 20200.91.41.21.21.22.21.81.9
23 November 20200.61.51.11.21.22.21.91.9
30 November 20200.71.71.11.21.32.32.02.0
07 December 20200.91.81.31.41.42.52.12.2
14 December 20200.92.21.61.71.52.92.62.6
21 December 20200.92.41.81.91.42.92.52.5
28 December 20201.12.51.82.01.33.02.52.5
04 January 20210.82.31.91.91.02.92.62.5
11 January 20210.62.01.81.70.92.82.82.6
18 January 20210.42.01.71.60.82.72.52.4
25 January 20210.41.81.51.50.82.62.52.3
01 February 20210.41.81.21.30.72.42.42.2
08 February 20210.31.51.11.10.72.22.22.1
15 February 20210.31.31.01.00.72.02.22.0
22 February 20210.31.10.90.90.72.02.12.0
01 March 20210.31.00.80.80.72.12.12.0
08 March 20210.21.00.70.80.82.02.11.9
15 March 20210.20.80.70.70.72.12.22.0
22 March 20210.20.70.60.60.71.82.01.8
29 March 20210.20.60.50.50.72.02.01.9
05 April 20210.20.60.50.50.71.61.61.5
12 April 20210.20.70.50.50.61.61.31.3
19 April 20210.20.60.50.50.61.31.01.0
26 April 20210.10.50.40.40.61.20.91.0
03 May 20210.10.50.40.40.51.00.80.8
10 May 20210.10.50.40.40.40.90.70.8
17 May 20210.10.50.40.40.50.90.70.7
24 May 20210.10.50.30.40.40.90.70.7
31 May 20210.10.50.30.40.40.80.70.7
07 June 20210.10.40.40.40.40.90.60.7
21 June 2021From 17 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly.0.10.40.30.30.40.90.70.7
05 July 20210.10.40.40.40.51.10.80.8
19 July 20210.20.50.40.40.61.10.90.9
02 August 20210.10.50.40.40.51.10.80.8
16 August 20210.10.50.50.40.51.00.70.8
13 September 2021Due to planned maintenance, Welsh Government did not receive data for 30 August 2021 and therefore cancelled the 2 September 2021 publication. There are currently no plans to include this data in future updates.0.20.90.90.80.71.31.01.0

Metadata

Title

NHS staff absence and self-isolation rate, staff group and date

Last update

16 September 2021 16 September 2021

Next update

30 September 2021

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

NHS Organisations

Contact email

kas.covid19@gov.wales

Designation

Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Wales

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

Statistical quality

Due to planned maintenance, Welsh Government did not receive data for 30 August 2021 and therefore cancelled the 2 September 2021 publication. There are currently no plans to include this data in future updates.

Figures include data from all NHS organisations in Wales from 14 March 2020, apart from Swansea Bay who were unable to provide data on the same basis as the other organisations until 20 May 2020. Since 17 August 2020, all organisations submit a return on a Tuesday, providing data for the previous day (Monday). From 17 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly.

Cardiff and Vale submitted weekly data between 22 June 2020 and 7 June 2021. Prior to that, Cardiff and Vale submitted daily data but were unable to submit data for Saturdays or Sundays, so weekly averages were based on data for Mondays to Fridays only. Velindre submitted weekly data between 28 July 2020 and 7 June 2021.

Changes in the way the data was collected in Betsi Cadwaladr from 8 June 2020 improved data accuracy. As a result, there was a reduction in the total number of staff reported as absent and in the number of staff whose absence was due to COVID-19.

Data for Velindre hospital on the week of the 20th July 2020 was a repeat of the data from the week of the 16th July 2020.

From 27 July 2020, the number of students (which form part of the 'other staff group') was down by more than 200 across both Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taf Morgannwg health boards following the end of their studies or short term contracts.

Following a change in the shielding guidance on 16 August 2020, organisations reported a drop in staff self isolation for the week commencing 11 August 2020.

Keywords

NHS, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Staff absence

General description

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, information on NHS staff absence has been published to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity.

Figures show the percentage rate of NHS staff absent due to COVID-19 related illness and self-isolation by staff group and date. This was collected daily until 10 August 2020, and then once a week (Monday's data) between 17 August 2020 and 7 June 2021.

From 17 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly.

The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.


Data collection and calculation

This information was published each Thursday on StatsWales. From 17 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly.

This data collection was introduced early in the pandemic to help understand and manage capacity within the NHS to rapidly respond to the changing needs and priorities. This data collection was resource intensive for NHS organisations and, as staff absence due to COVID is no longer a major factor in delivering critical NHS services, we wanted to reduce the burden on organisations who collect and supply this data.

From 17 August 2020, all organisations submit a return on Tuesdays, providing data for the previous day (Monday). Data is submitted via an EXCEL file and then transferred to an ACCESS database.

Frequency of publication

Fortnightly

Data reference periods

14 April 2020 onwards

Rounding applied

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.

Revisions information

Historic data may be revised if organisations identify an issue but it is not likely to be frequently revised.