Cornwall and Barnsley have worst morale and absenteeism

BBC News 7th March 2015 reports: Royal Cornwall Hospital staff stress absences rise

The number of staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust taking time off work because of stress has risen by nearly 50% over the last four years.

In 2011, 320 people were signed because of stress, anxiety or depression.

Last year it rose to 453, according to a BBC Freedom of Information request.

The trust said staff health was a “big priority” in an “increasingly demanding NHS” but it recognised it had more to do to prevent absences.

‘Growing issue’

The total number of days lost due to all types of staff sickness and ill health rose from more than 71,000 to more than 80,000 over the same period.

The estimated cost to the hospitals trust of employees signing off work due to anxiety and depression or other psychiatric illness had gone up by more than £165,000 over the same period, to £1.3m.

A staff survey carried out at hospitals in England and published last week revealed that the trust was in the lowest 20% for staff motivation and job satisfaction.

Nick Macklin, director of the trust’s human resources, said: “Stress-related absence is a growing issue for employers across the UK and one that is particularly acute in pressured public services.

“We offer a wide range of courses, activities, guidance and counselling services to help colleagues manage and prevent stress.

“We recognise that we have more to do though to prevent absence from work and create a health and social care system that looks after staff as well as patients.”

BBC News 28th November 2013 reports: Barnsley hospital sick leave above average

Barnsley Hospital staff took the highest number of days sick leave when compared with other South Yorkshire hospitals, an FoI request has shown.

Sick leave accounted for an average of 16.35 days between September 2012 and August 2013, up from 10.57 in 2010/11, at a cost of £3m.

National figures show the average for 2012 was 9.5 days.

Barnsley Hospital has blamed stress at work and “musculoskeletal problems” for the figures.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Sheffield under the Freedom of Information Act show that elsewhere in South Yorkshire the average sickness absence rate was 12.8 days….


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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