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Electronic Staff Record (ESR) coding

We worked with the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England to create a set of coronavirus (COVID-19) absence reporting codes in ESR.

ESR is the national payroll and HR platform for the NHS which we own and operate on behalf of NHS England.

The new codes in ESR allow NHS organisations to:

  • identify and report on their levels of COVID-19 related absence, such as sickness and isolation
  • plan their workforce and maximise resources available to the frontline

We've also developed a daily briefing pack which we share with NHS England to supplement and validate the data returned.