Staff with the highest level of sickness absence are being “pro-actively” managed at Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust – leading to a number of dismissals.
A report to the board revealed that the 1% of staff with the most absence each month are being targeted, and there has been five dismissals for “attendance related” issues in four months. It is not known if other staff have resigned before the process has reached this point.
The trust is trying to bring its sickness rate down to 5.1%. In December it was 5.76%, which was lower than the previous months.
The report to the board says that attendance levels have been within a smaller range than previously, which suggests more consistent management.
However, it adds: “Despite the great effort that has been placed on this issue for some time, the rate of sickness absence remains consistently higher than expectations.
“And consequently, the establishment of a ‘task and finish’ joint working group comprising trust management and members from staff side is being planned to carry out a joint approach to gain a better understanding of the context, data and underlying reasons for the level of absence and why this is so.”