WORKFORCE Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust had the second highest average sickness absence rate for the first three months of 2013 across the East of England region, according to HSJ analysis of official data.

The trust’s 6 per cent average sickness absence rate across January to March compared to a regional average of 4.5 per cent over that period, according to analysis of Health and Social Care Information Centre data published on 23 July.

The North East region had the highest average sickness absence rate for the period. It stood at 4.9 per cent while London had the lowest average at 3.6 per cent.

The Information Centre said that ambulance staff were the staff group with the highest average sickness absence rate for January – March 2013 with an average of 7 per cent. Nursing, midwifery and health visiting learners had the lowest average at 1 per cent.