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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information NHS staff absence and self-isolation rate, 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 average 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 percentage of NHS staff absent is the total of COVID-19 sickness, other sickness and self isolation.Click here to sortTotal absentThe total percentage of NHS staff absent is the total of COVID-19 sickness, other sickness and self isolation.
[Expand]Click here to sortSelf-isolationSome self-isolating staff will be able to continue working from home.[Collapse]All sicknessThe percentage of NHS staff off sick for all reasons is the total of COVID-19 sickness and other sickness.Click here to sortAll sicknessThe percentage of NHS staff off sick for all reasons is the total of COVID-19 sickness and other sickness.
Click here to sortCOVID-19 sicknessClick here to sortOther sickness
14 - 20 April 20205.02.55.27.612.6
21 - 27 April 20204.82.44.46.811.6
28 April - 04 May 20204.72.24.46.711.4
05 - 11 May 20204.51.84.56.310.8
12 - 18 May 20204.31.94.46.410.7
19 - 25 May 20204.31.94.66.410.8
26 May - 01 June 20204.21.64.66.210.4
02 - 08 June 20204.11.34.55.89.9
09 - 15 June 20204.11.04.35.39.5
16 - 22 June 20203.90.94.35.29.1
23 - 29 June 20203.80.74.45.18.9
30 June - 06 July 20203.60.64.45.08.6
07 - 13 July 20203.60.64.34.88.4
14 - 20 July 20203.50.54.34.88.3
21 - 27 July 20203.40.54.24.78.0
28 July - 03 August 20203.40.44.24.68.0
04 - 10 August 20203.30.44.24.57.9
17 August 2020Data collection changed to weekly \'snapshots\'. Drop in self-isolation figures likely due to new shielding arrangements commenced on 16 August 2020.2.60.34.24.57.1
24 August 20202.10.34.34.66.7
31 August 20202.00.34.14.46.4
07 September 20201.90.34.24.66.5
14 September 20202.10.44.34.76.8
21 September 20202.00.54.24.76.7
28 September 20201.90.54.14.66.5
05 October 20201.80.54.14.66.4
12 October 20201.90.54.04.56.4
19 October 20202.00.64.04.76.7
26 October 20202.00.74.14.86.8
02 November 20202.01.04.15.07.1
09 November 20202.01.23.74.96.9
16 November 20201.91.23.85.06.9
23 November 20201.91.23.95.17.0
30 November 20202.01.24.35.57.5
07 December 20202.21.44.35.77.8
14 December 20202.61.74.25.88.4
21 December 20202.51.94.36.28.7
28 December 20202.52.04.36.28.7
04 January 20212.51.94.36.28.7
11 January 20212.61.74.66.38.9
18 January 20212.41.64.86.48.9
25 January 20212.31.54.86.38.6
01 February 20212.21.34.86.18.3
08 February 20212.11.14.55.77.7
15 February 20212.01.04.35.47.4
22 February 20212.00.94.35.37.2
01 March 20212.00.84.25.17.0
08 March 20211.90.84.14.86.8
15 March 20212.00.74.24.96.9
22 March 20211.80.64.04.66.4
29 March 20211.90.53.94.46.3
05 April 20211.50.53.94.35.9
12 April 20211.30.53.94.45.8
19 April 20211.00.54.14.55.6
26 April 20211.00.44.24.65.5
03 May 20210.80.44.24.65.4
10 May 20210.80.44.44.85.5
17 May 20210.70.44.44.85.5
24 May 20210.70.44.54.85.5
31 May 20210.70.44.54.85.5
07 June 20210.70.44.54.95.6
21 June 2021From 21 June 2021, we moved this collection from weekly to fortnightly.0.70.34.75.05.8
05 July 20210.80.44.85.26.0
19 July 20210.90.44.95.36.2
02 August 20210.80.45.05.46.2
16 August 20210.80.45.15.56.3
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.1.00.84.95.86.8
27 September 20211.20.94.95.87.0
11 October 20211.11.05.06.07.1
25 October 20210.90.94.95.96.8
08 November 20210.80.85.05.86.6
22 November 20210.90.85.05.76.6
06 December 20210.90.75.05.76.6
20 December 20210.90.94.85.76.6
03 January 2022From 3 January 2022, we moved this collection from fortnightly to weekly.1.52.14.76.88.3
10 January 20221.42.34.67.08.3

Metadata

Title

NHS staff absence and self-isolation rate, by date

Last update

11 January 2022 11 January 2022

Next update

18 January 2022

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

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

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 Tuesday on StatsWales. 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 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

Weekly

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.

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 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