North Bristol NHS Trust has announced that scrubs are being introduced for nurses as part of a programme to standardise staff uniforms.
The scrubs will be colour-coded according to band. Those on band 7 and above, including ward sisters, matrons and heads of nursing, will wear navy blue.
Bands 5 and 6 will wear royal blue, while healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners on band 4 and below will wear grey.
According to the trust, nursing staff have been involved in selecting the design and colours of the scrubs, which it said would be “cooler and more comfortable than the current uniforms and allow greater freedom of movement”.
Scrubs were due be delivered to wards this month. Name badges designed to aid the visually-impaired will also form part of the new uniform.
New uniforms for all other staff groups, including therapists, pharmacy staff and junior doctors will be rolled out early in 2014.
Trust director of nursing Sue Jones said: “Smart Scrubs will significantly simplify the vast amount of variation in colours and designs currently worn.
“The evidence base has shown that patients want to easily identify nurses. Blue is the most familiar nursing colour, with the more senior grades in navy.”
She added: “The colour-coding means patients and colleagues will instantly be able to distinguish between registered nurses and healthcare support workers.”
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