The problem and management of sickness absence in the NHS: considerations for nurse managers
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2003
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 11, Issue 5, pages 336–342, September 2003
How to Cite
Johnson, C.J., Croghan, E. and Crawford, J. (2003), The problem and management of sickness absence in the NHS: considerations for nurse managers. Journal of Nursing Management, 11: 336–342. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2834.2003.00404.x
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2003
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2003
- Accepted for publication: 7 March 2003
- management of sickness absence;
- sickness absence
Aim This paper examines the topic of sickness absence management in the context of the healthcare sector.
Background National Health Service (NHS) employee absenteeism is an expensive and difficult problem. Nurse managers need to assess the extent and characteristics of absenteeism, be aware of their organization's sickness policies, evaluate the effectiveness of these policies and contribute to the development of related initiatives to ensure prudent management of sickness absence.
Method A literature review has been undertaken, providing a broad conceptual context by which the problem of sickness absence in the NHS can be examined. The focus of this paper is to examine the accumulation of research based knowledge to provide a healthcare perspective on the problem of sickness absence management.
Conclusion Sickness absence management within the NHS is challenging but provides opportunities to improve the working lives of NHS employees. Sickness absence cannot be eradicated but it can be reduced by a selection of measures that reflect the uniqueness of the NHS. The many and diverse causes of sickness absence need acknowledgement, when devising strategies that can effectively provide solutions to the problems of sickness absence.