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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

Published: 18 Jul 2019

Performance data on the current Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards - priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to provide assurance on NHS Scotland performance. 

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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
Sickness absence

LDP Standard

NHS Boards to achieve a sickness absence rate of 4 per cent or less.

Current national performance

In 2018/19, NHSScotland had a sickness absence rate of 5.39 per cent.

About this LDP standard

Sickness absence in NHSScotland can result in cancelled appointments and procedures. It can also lead to increased pressure on staff and patients, increased costs of employing bank and agency staff, and reduced efficiency.

Performance against this standard

The standard is that NHS Boards achieve a sickness absence rate of 4 per cent or less.

For financial year 2018/19, NHSScotland had a sickness absence rate of 5.39 per cent.

The graph below shows national performance on the Sickness Absence standard since 2011/12.

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows sickness absence rate, by NHS Board, for financial year 2018/19.

NHS Board

Financial year 2018/19

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

5.35%

NHS BORDERS

5.28%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

5.20%

NHS FIFE

5.51%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

5.88%

NHS GRAMPIAN

4.53%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

5.52%

NHS HIGHLAND

5.23%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

5.87%

NHS LOTHIAN

5.07%

NHS ORKNEY

4.62%

NHS SHETLAND

4.29%

NHS TAYSIDE

5.40%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

5.53%

NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE

5.03%

NHS 24

8.58%

NHS EDUCATION FOR SCOTLAND

1.70%

NHS HEALTH SCOTLAND

3.73%

NHS NATIONAL SERVICES SCOTLAND

4.47%

NHS HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT SCOTLAND

3.65%

SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE

7.80%

STATE HOSPITAL

8.34%

NHSSCOTLAND

5.39%

Source: Scottish Workforce Information Standard System (SWISS)

Further information

Sickness absence statistics

Related National Outcomes