Trusts need to make it clear to patient who is looking after them by using clear name badges, job titles and uniforms, according to the government.
In its response to the Francis report published today the government accepted in “principle” a recommendation on staff identity labels and uniforms for nurses and healthcare assistants, and that HCAs should have their own uniform description.
It acknowledged that many organisations already do this and have developed their own distinct uniforms.
In February Robert Francis QC recommended that commissioners should require trusts to provide identity labels and uniforms and ensure healthcare support worker can be easily distinguishable from registered nurses.
In its response the government said: “We agree that patients should be clear on the role of people caring for them, for example through identity labels, clear job titles and uniforms. Many organisations already do this.”
It said the chief nursing officer would be taking forward work on “the need to provide more clarity to patients and relatives about who is looking after them”.
However, it described the idea of a set uniform for HCAs as “a complex issue”. “Healthcare support workers carry out a number of different tasks in varied roles, so a uniform description can be difficult,” it said.
The government’s full response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was published today.
In its response report – Hard Truths: the journey to putting patients first – the government has accepted 281 of the 290 recommendations made by the Francis report in February.
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