Healthy workplace indicators: costing reasons for sickness absence within the UK National Health Service.

Abstract

Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust has been developing a tool for monitoring the reasons and costs of long-term sick leave (> 7 days). The data obtained from this process has been used to modify the type of occupational health and safety services provided for the Trust. Adoption of more standardized tools of this nature throughout the National Health Service (NHS) would help trusts to compare, and where appropriate enhance, the services provided by occupational health. Musculo-skeletal and mental health problems, account for the greatest costs arising from long-term sickness absence. It may therefore be prudent for NHS employers and their occupational health services to target their efforts on these particular problems.

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@article{Verow2000HealthyWI, title={Healthy workplace indicators: costing reasons for sickness absence within the UK National Health Service.}, author={Peter Verow and Catherine Hargreaves}, journal={Occupational medicine}, year={2000}, volume={50 4}, pages={251-7} }