WORKFORCE: Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust had a sickness absence rate for December 2011 of 4.26 per cent, up from 4.14 per cent in November.
“The increase is partly due to seasonal illness e.g. colds and flu,” a performance report said.
Reducing sickness absence rates is one of the trust’s staffing priorities, which form part of its business objectives for 2011-12.
The report added: “The focus continues to be on locations and services that have seen the greatest increases in sickness absence rates. Reasons for sickness absence are also being monitored.”
Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust performance report (attached, right)