Reducing sickness absence in Scotland - applying the lessons from a pilot NHS intervention

Brown, J. , Mackay, D. , Demou, E. , Craig, J. and MacDonald, E. (2013) Reducing sickness absence in Scotland - applying the lessons from a pilot NHS intervention. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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Abstract

In May 2008 NHS Lanarkshire (NHSL) implemented a unique sickness absence management service called ‘Early Access to Support to You’ (EASY) service. The EASY service supplements existing absence policies and enables communication between the absentee and their line manager from Day 1 of absence and referral to occupational health at day 10. We analysed three sources of data and showed that the EASY service was effective in reducing sickness absence and NHSL moved from the worst performing Scottish mainland Health Board to the best in terms of sickness absence management. The service was also cost effective; the value of the hours saved comfortably exceeded the cost of the intervention.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacDonald, Professor Ewan and Demou, Dr Evangelia and Mackay, Professor Daniel
Authors: Brown, J., Mackay, D., Demou, E., Craig, J., and MacDonald, E.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Publisher:University of Glasgow

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
166403Reducing sickness absence in Scotland - applying the lessons from a pilot NHS interventionEwan MacDonaldNHS Health Scotland (NHSHEASC)Macdonald, Prof EwanHW - Public Health