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Trust introduces coloured lanyards for nursing staff

An acute hospital trust in Sussex is introducing a new way of trying to help patients identify the different types of staff that work there

Staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are now wearing different colour lanyards around their neck. 

Matrons, sisters, staff Nurses, consultants, doctors, porters, housekeepers and ward clerks all have their own colour, with their role clearly stated on the lanyard.

Trust director of nursing Alice Webster said the coloured lanyards were being introduced following patient feedback. 

“The majority of ward staff do wear a uniform but these coloured lanyards with job roles clearly visible because of the colour and are another way to help both patients and visitors distinguish different types of staff,” she said. 

“We have found they are particularly useful in areas like A&E and intensive care where most staff tend to look the same because they are all wearing blue hospital scrubs.”     

 She added: “This is a simple idea and the feedback from patients has been very positive.

“We believe we are one of the first trusts in the county to adopt this additional method of staff recognition, across the whole of the trust,” Ms Webster said.  

 

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Readers' comments (130)

  • Saves that laborious, time wasting process of introducing oneself!

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  • tinkerbell

    Jenny Jones | 11-Jul-2013 7:12 am

    made me giggle.

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  • in the trust i work for lanyards have been identified as an infection risk and therefore banned by the infection control team.

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  • First thoughts are:
    infection control - is the lanyard washed/changed daily
    doesn't it get in the way when providing personal care
    safety thoughts - I know they have quick release catches but I would still be concerned about having a lanyard round my neck when working in certain areas.

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  • tinkerbell

    Bassets allsorts!

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  • Love the fact that one comment reflects that "introducing oneself" is laborious and a wast of time! Call me old fashoined but I thought that was the initial stages of building a trusting relationship with the patient and their family/friends?
    At least a trust is managing comments made and being proactive to make a positive experience for people who, lets face it, are at their most vulnerable!

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  • Anonymous at 12.53pm has obviously never heard of irony...

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  • The amount of different colour uniforms on show reminds me of Joseph and his dreamcoat. What is wrong with having job titles on names badges visible. Or better still we have our uniforms with our role embroided very simple either HCA/ Staff Nurse/ Sister/ Senior Sister/Senior Nurse and they are all shades of blue simple.

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  • all the different uniforms in the photo, apart from looking very messy, and different coloured lanyards are confusing for a start. one can only take in so much and would imagine patients who may be very unwell have other and far more important concerns on their minds to worry about. introducing oneself is a matter of common courtesy as well as professionalism.

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  • Meanwhile, in Scotland, there is a national uniform for NHS employees, countrywide. No matter which NHS hospital, clinic, community facility, etc., nurses wear the same uniforms, HCAs wear the same uniforms, etc. Simples.

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  • it seems inherent in the British character to complicate everything and make a great fuss about irrelevant details.
    in other European healthservices people just get on with the job of looking after their patients as well as looking and acting professional.

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  • Anonymous | 12-Jul-2013 7:48 am

    Don't be silly. Nurses in Europe have the same issues and concerns as British nurses (or should it be English. Welsh and NI nurses as the Scots seem to have sorted out this particular issue).

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  • Anonymous | 12-Jul-2013 8:36 am

    no need to be rude. I happen to be in central Europe where nurses knock spots off their English counterparts in evern sense of the meaning of 'nurse'.

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  • Anonymous | 12-Jul-2013 8:36 am

    Anonymous | 12-Jul-2013 7:48 am

    open your eyes. much can be learned from the rest of Europe unless you wish to rremain an impoverished land for ever, and especially where health and social care and education and other essential public services are concerned.

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  • they look like a team of domestics in the photo in those garments and badges dangling round their necks. how can they tend to patients with those it could hit a patient in the eye or cause other damage to frail patients as well as hygiene issue - even worse than disccrete pieces of jewerllery, leggings, t-shirts, cardigans, coloured socks and makeup which i believe have also been the subject of criticism in various institutions.

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  • Talk to people and tell them who you are and what you do. Develop excellent communication skills - make eye contact, be approachable - SMILE! Establish relationships so that people will feel able to ask you questions. Cheaper than lanyards and labels too!

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  • ps: the number of anonymous comments is worrying!

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 11-Jul-2013 11:30 pm

    England should follow Scotland on this one, in my opinion - as you say, 'Simples' !!!

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  • soon England will be the little people left out on their own still stubbornly clinging to their quaint old ideas and not moving forwards like Scotland, Wales, Ireland, N. Ireland and the rest of Europe.

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  • michael stone | 12-Jul-2013 11:33 am

    Anonymous | 11-Jul-2013 11:30 pm

    Totally agree, a standard set of uniforms across the whole NHS independent of geography.

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