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Colchester nursing staff given new hospital badge

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All staff who work for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust are to be issued with a traditional nursing school-style badge emblazoned with the motto “Caring with pride”.

The badges, which have initially gone out to all nursing and midwifery staff, were inspired by the kind of emblems awarded to new nurses once they qualified.

However, the idea is that both clinical and non-clinical staff at the trust will sport the badge.

Caring with pride is also the name of the trust’s three-year nursing and midwifery strategy launched in May.

The idea for the badge came from David Thorpe, associate director of nursing and allied health professionals for the trust’s surgical division.

The design, which features Colchester’s coat of arms, the city’s castle and book to signify learning, was influenced by the former North East Essex School of Nursing badge.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Colchester’s Caring with Pride badge

“The phrase ‘caring with pride’ sums up the ethos of the trust and is what unites all staff, clinical and non-clinical,” said Mr Thorpe. “We all want to be at our best.”

The first batch of 1,700 badges have been made for nurses and midwives, and the next batch will go to other staff who have direct contact with patients, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians

The final batch will go to all other non-frontline staff so it will be worn by every single one of the 4,200 trust employees.

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Readers' comments (14)

  • "With I Pride?"

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  • Hospital badges used to be earned and that's why they were valued. Not sure what the criteria for this one is

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  • Actions speak louder than a badge! How much has this cost?

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  • it is the quality of nursing and a professional personal appearance that counts, not a badge!

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  • Anonymous | 15-Jul-2015 5:57 pm

    "With I Pride?"

    LOL

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    Anonymous | 16-Jul-2015 9:26 am


    Not very smart of the badge designer!

    In their place I wouldn't wear it until that was changed, if at all!

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  • a shame to come down so hard on what is meant , I am sure, to be a valuing of the nursing team. We need to attract more people into the profession and being proud of it, and being poart of caring is part of that.
    cost and design aside , not a terrible idea surely?

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  • Tina Naldrett | 16-Jul-2015 1:46 pm

    it is far more important and of greater interest to know what you can do and do for others than what you wear and that goes for badges! Neat appearance obviously gives a good initial impression that you care and gives hope and expectations that this also extends to others.

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  • For me the word pride has many negative connotations from white pride to black pride and all sorts of other bizzarre pressure groups....

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  • Ellen Watters

    What a lovely moral boost.

    I am very proud of my 3 nursing badges gained in the 80s and 2002. Latterly we weren't allowed to wear them for health and safety reasons but I keep them all polished in a box in a drawer and bring them out to show off at every opportunity.

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  • What a waste of money

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  • Pride comes before a fall. Actions speak louder than words. Must be some more. Waste of time and money...

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  • Ellen Watters | 17-Jul-2015 12:30 pm

    I am very proud of those I earned as well and kept in a drawer where they belong. at least they don't get lost in the laundry that way and if lost they would be irreplaceable. I prefer to be judged on my abilities and not on the number of badges I could wear.

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  • What wonderful news. A miracle cure, a badge. Where may I get one? If I have too move to Colchester then I will.
    The challenges of modern nursing skydive into insignificance; because you can get a badge. Great.

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