A team of mental health nursing staff at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust have opted to start wearing uniforms again more than 10 years after they originally discarded them.
The move by Hillingdon Psychiatric Liaison Team will be piloted following a vote and consultation with acute hospital staff and patients. The majority were in support of wearing a uniform.
“It keeps us compliant with infection control policies”
Kim Cox, the trust’s Hillingdon Borough director for mental health services, said: “I think they look really smart, which is good for patients to see too.
“This still in the pilot stage and we will do another survey in a few weeks’ time to see how people –staff and patients – feel about the change,” she added.
Anthony McShane, the team’s leader who works as a psychiatric liaison nurse, said: “The idea for uniforms came up a few months ago in a conversation among the team.
“It was suggested that we trial polo shirts and tunics within the liaison team. Support for the decision came after gathering feedback from our hospital colleagues, who liked the idea,” he said.
“We are piloting the initiative for a few months, gathering as much feedback from colleagues and patients to see how we proceed,” said Mr McShane.
Noting that the team spent most of its time in hospital settings, he added: “It keeps us compliant with infection control policies.”
The option was also offered to the teams at Hillingdon older people’s inpatient services, who will start wearing uniforms soon.
The trust has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London’s population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.