Senior nurses at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are now wearing new uniforms to indicate their “position of leadership”.
Since late March, nurse leaders – from matrons to the trust’s chief nurse – have begun wearing the uniforms to help the public and other staff to recognise them.
“The new uniforms instil a sense of pride and discipline in nurses”
The trust said the move was in response to several national reports and local feedback, which indicated that patients and the public wanted to be able to identify senior nurses within the hospital.
Chief nurse Em Wilkinson-Brice said: “In addition the new uniforms instil a sense of pride and discipline in nurses who have worked hard to become leaders, providing an image of professionalism in which both staff and patients can be confident.”
The trust also quoted a matron as saying: “I just want to say a big thank you for the recent change in uniforms, more importantly the dresses. I love them! I have had such positive comments… I’m wearing my belt and buckle with pride.”
Lead nurses, assistant directors of nursing, the chief nurse and her deputy are wearing red tunics or dresses with navy blue piping.
Meanwhile, matrons are wearing a navy blue tunic or dress with red piping, and senior nurses are in a navy blue tunic or dress with white piping.
All of those wearing tunics are wearing navy blue trousers.