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.
“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.