Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,

Please provide details of the top ten sickness absences of PHSO staff during the year 2015/16 and the job title of each sick member of staff (if only a small number of people share the job title of a sick member of staff, reveal their section or department instead).

Please provide the same information for the situation that prevails as of today.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

informationrights@ombudsman.org.uk, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman


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InformationRights, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Dear J Roberts,

 

Your information request: FDN-274548

 

I write in response to your email of 31 March 2017 in which you requested
information held by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in the
following terms:

 

Please provide details of the top ten sickness absences of PHSO staff
during the year 2015/16 and the job title of each sick member of staff (if
only a small number of people share the job title of a sick member of
staff, reveal their section or department instead).

 

Please provide the same information for the situation that prevails as of
today. 

 

I have considered your request in accordance with section 1 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and can confirm that PHSO does hold the
information you have requested.

 

Please see the top 10 sickness absences of PHSO staff below for 2015/16.
This is based on working days lost for absences that started in the
previous 12 months. 

Working days

79.0

62.0

55.0

53.0

52.0

44.0

39.0

38.0

36.0

31.0

Please also see the top 10 sickness absences of PHSO staff below for
2016/17. This is based on working days lost for absences that started in
the previous 12 months. 

Working days

148.0 

121.0 

118.0 

118.0 

117.0 

102.0 

88.0   

83.0   

73.0   

68.0   

Please note that I have not included the job title or Department of the
staff members because there is a risk that those people could be
identified if this additional information was provided.  As such this is
their personal data and therefore exempt under section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

I hope this information is helpful. If you believe I have made an error in
the way I have processed your information request, it is open to you to
request an internal review. You can do this by writing to us by post or by
email to [1][Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman request email]. You will need to specify
what the nature of the issue is and we can consider the matter further.
Beyond that, it is open to you to complain to the Information
Commissioner’s Office ([2]www.ico.org.uk).

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

 

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

The total number of working days lost by the sickest 10 in each year differs considerably.

In 2015/16 the average figure for working days lost is 48.9.

In 2016/17 the corresponding figure is 103.6.

D. Moore left an annotation ()

From Annual Report 2016/17:

"Sickness absence

Sickness absence increased from 6.1 to 7.9 days per FTE and was actively managed throughout the year. This is above our target of 6 days per FTE, but remains below the public sector average of 8.5 days. Long-term absence accounts for 47% and short-term absence accounts for 53% of overall time lost." P 60

https://www.ombudsman.org.uk/sites/defau...

J Roberts left an annotation ()

"but remains below the public sector average of 8.5 days."

I think there may be some sleigh of hand here. If other public sector employers had the same staff turnover rate, and the same proportion of temporary workers as the PHSO, would not the average figure be much lower?

J Roberts left an annotation ()

Comparing the PHSO with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales is illuminating:

"During the year, an average of 4.0 days per employee were lost through sickness compared with 5.6 days in 2015/16. This is the equivalent of 1.5% (2.0% in 2015/16) of total possible workdays.

In previous years pregnancy and maternity related sickness was excluded from the reported figures as these absences must, by law, be recorded separately. Whilst still recorded separately, for consistency with the approach in Office of National Statistics reports, pregnancy and maternity related sickness has now been included in the figures above. Figures (above) for 2015/16 have therefore been adjusted from those reported last year, so that they are shown on the same basis as the figures for 2016/17. (page 62)

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