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

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 number and percentage of NHS staff absent due to COVID-19 related illness, self-isolation or otherwise, by 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. The official statistics should be considered as the authoritative data source.

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[Collapse]Total absentThe total of NHS staff absent is the total of COVID-19 sickness, other sickness and self-isolation.Click here to sortTotal absentThe total of NHS staff absent is the total of COVID-19 sickness, other sickness and self-isolation.
[Collapse]Off sick - all reasonsClick here to sortOff sick - all reasons[Expand]Click here to sortSelf-isolatingSome self-isolating staff will be able to continue working from home.
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20/04/2020Swansea Bay unable to provide data on the same basis as everyone else so excluded from the return.2,0183,4545,4723,9939,465
27/04/2020Swansea Bay unable to provide data on the same basis as everyone else so excluded from the return.1,9243,4245,3483,8419,189
04/05/2020Swansea Bay unable to provide data on the same basis as everyone else so excluded from the return.1,8233,5205,3434,0479,390
11/05/2020Swansea Bay unable to provide data on the same basis as everyone else so excluded from the return.1,4483,6445,0923,7418,833
18/05/2020Swansea Bay unable to provide data on the same basis as everyone else so excluded from the return.1,6603,7585,4183,5909,008
25/05/20201,7184,5366,2544,16910,423
01/06/20201,4654,4255,8904,0319,921
08/06/20201,0434,2545,2974,1069,403
15/06/20209394,2565,1953,9419,136
22/06/20207964,2465,0423,8008,842
29/06/20206774,3014,9783,6088,586
06/07/20205814,2574,8383,5278,365
13/07/20205414,1704,7113,4618,172
20/07/20204754,2144,6893,3258,014
27/07/20204424,1184,5603,3257,885
03/08/20203933,9964,3893,2827,671
10/08/20203424,1014,4433,2277,670
17/08/20203334,1004,4332,5226,955
24/08/20202974,1864,4832,1016,584
31/08/20203254,0024,3271,9106,237
07/09/20203314,1524,4831,8596,342
14/09/20204394,1584,5972,0326,629
21/09/20205094,0794,5881,9816,569
28/09/20205254,0144,5391,8616,400
05/10/20205144,0214,5351,7846,319
12/10/20205373,8754,4121,8866,298
19/10/20206303,9574,5871,9436,530
26/10/20207284,0014,7291,9576,686
02/11/20209663,9904,9561,9956,951
09/11/20201,1623,6864,8481,9496,797
16/11/20201,1923,7714,9631,8616,824
23/11/20201,1463,8825,0281,8516,879
30/11/20201,2324,2215,4531,9737,426
07/12/20201,3954,2075,6022,1367,738
14/12/20201,6674,1075,7742,5628,336
21/12/20201,8534,2496,1022,4988,600
28/12/20201,9484,2206,1682,4888,656
04/01/20211,8984,2256,1232,5128,635
11/01/20211,7244,5416,2652,5948,859
18/01/20211,6204,7936,4132,4148,827
25/01/20211,4604,7926,2522,3388,590
01/02/20211,3044,7846,0882,2438,331
08/02/20211,1374,5595,6962,0747,770
15/02/20211,0504,3805,4302,0307,460
22/02/20219344,3795,3131,9927,305
01/03/20218174,3025,1192,0127,131
08/03/20217674,1334,9001,9666,866
15/03/20216794,3004,9792,0637,042
22/03/20215974,0304,6271,8776,504
29/03/20215233,9444,4671,9516,418
05/04/20214983,8944,3921,5565,948
12/04/20215243,9774,5011,3355,836
19/04/20214844,1274,6111,0545,665
26/04/20214244,2334,6579885,645
03/05/20214174,2974,7148125,526
10/05/20214014,4704,8717745,645
17/05/20213764,5204,8967435,639
24/05/20213624,5524,9147055,619
31/05/20213584,5394,8976825,579
07/06/20213594,6324,9916865,677
21/06/2021Data now collected once a fortnight3384,8065,1447445,888
05/07/20213814,9285,3098536,162
19/07/20214245,0235,4479106,357
02/08/20214115,0845,4958546,349
16/08/20214545,1895,6437786,421
13/09/20218495,0375,8861,0346,920
27/09/20219475,0255,9721,2187,190
11/10/20211,0075,0886,0951,1527,247
25/10/20219675,0726,0399727,011
08/11/20218535,1065,9598546,813
22/11/20218015,0705,8719016,772
06/12/20217685,1605,9288796,807
20/12/20219514,9865,9379106,847
03/01/20222,1724,8917,0631,5388,601
10/01/2022Data now collected every Monday2,4264,7857,2111,4198,630
17/01/20221,7844,7916,5751,0107,585
24/01/20221,5904,8006,3909967,386
31/01/20221,6214,7406,3619947,355
07/02/20221,5934,6446,2378897,126
14/02/20221,4084,6076,0158076,822
21/02/20221,2734,6535,9267346,660
28/02/20221,1764,5085,6847016,385
07/03/20221,2484,4475,6956886,383
14/03/20221,4494,5355,9847816,765
21/03/20221,7974,5416,3388657,203
28/03/20222,0624,5156,5779307,507
04/04/20222,1794,7396,9188497,767
11/04/20222,0774,7806,8577467,603
19/04/2022Data for Tuesday 19 April following the bank holiday1,8034,4186,2216786,899
25/04/20221,5984,5236,1216546,775
03/05/2022Data for Tuesday 3 May following the bank holiday1,1834,4755,6585376,195
09/05/20221,1324,4395,5715456,116
16/05/20229774,5575,5345056,039
30/05/2022Data now collected once a fortnight7584,7605,5184585,976
13/06/20228874,6745,5614766,037
20/06/2022Data now collected every Monday1,0594,6915,7505136,263
27/06/20221,5614,9746,5355757,110
04/07/20221,9084,8466,7546187,372
11/07/20221,9685,0226,9906317,621
18/07/20221,6985,0426,7405457,285
25/07/20221,3874,8676,2545036,757
01/08/20221,2025,1396,3414616,802
08/08/2022From 8 August 2022 the data will be collected once a fortnight.1,0105,0866,0964426,538

Metadata

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 number and percentage of NHS staff absent due to COVID-19 related illness, self-isolation or otherwise by 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.


Data collection and calculation

This information is published each Thursday on StatsWales. The data was collected daily until 10 August 2020, and then once a week (Monday's data) between 17 August 2020 and 7 June 2021. From 21 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly, however due to increased demand for information on NHS staff absence this collection returned to weekly from 3 January 2022. From 8 August 2022 the data will be collected once a fortnight.

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.

Title

NHS staff absence and self-isolation rate, by date

Last update

11 August 2022 11 August 2022

Next update

25 August 2022

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

NHS Organisations

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@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

From 17 January 2022, Betsi Cadwaladr changed the way self isolation data is reported. To ensure figures align with those reported locally, self-isolation absence of more than 7 days is excluded from results, as it is assumed that staff have returned to work but that workforce systems have not yet been updated.

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 21 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly, however due to increased demand for information on NHS staff absence this collection returned to weekly from 3 January 2022.

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