For NHS organisations, sickness absence is a considerable concern. While employees will, on occasions, be sick, NHS organisations should try to ensure that effective absence management procedures are in place to minimise the impact of sickness within the organisation, while at the same time balancing the need to meet infection control requirements.

This topic examines ways of improving attendance, managing short-term and long-term absence, the impact of the Working Time Directive on NHS employees as well as sick pay entitlements for NHS employees.

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