New coloured scrub uniforms are being introduced at Salisbury District Hospital in a bid to help patients more easily identify the role and seniority of healthcare staff.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said the move followed feedback and an “extensive review” including staff and patient consultation.
“Our staff told us they were unhappy with the quality and look of the old uniforms”
It has moved from blue scrubs to new, better quality scrubs, which come in five different colours that relate to roles and responsibilities.
The most senior nurses will wear silver, while other nursing staff will wear colours more traditionally associated with the profession – namely navy blue, light blue and green.
The full colour range chosen by Salisbury is as follows:
- Navy blue – senior ward leaders/sisters
- Light blue – ward staff nurses/assistant practitioners
- Silver – specialist nurses/directorate senior nurses
- Green – nursing assistants and phlebotomists
- Maroon – therapists, radiographers
Fiona Hyett, the trust’s deputy director of nursing said: “In Salisbury we regularly gather views from our patients and it became clear that some felt that the one-colour blue scrub uniform made it difficult for them to distinguish between different levels of staff.
“Our staff also told us that they were unhappy with the quality and look of these uniforms,” she added. “These scrubs are lightweight and comfortable to wear and are also better quality which will improve appearances.”
Such moves are becoming increasingly popular among trusts, as reported in recent years by Nursing Times.
In August last year North Bristol NHS Trust announced that scrubs were being introduced for nurses as part of a programme to standardise staff uniforms. The scrubs are colour-coded according to band.
Meanwhile, since March, senior nurses at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have been wearing new colour-coded dresses and tunics to indicate their “position of leadership”.