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The big question: should nursing uniforms be standardised throughout the NHS?


Two trusts have recently announced schemes to standardise nurse uniforms.

North Bristol NHS Trust is introducing scrubs to its ward areas. The scrubs will be colour-coded according to band. Those on band 7 and above, including ward sisters, matrons and heads of nursing, will wear navy blue.

Bands 5 and 6 will wear royal blue, while healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners on band 4 and below will wear grey.

While Senior nurses across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust are all now wearing navy uniforms in a bid to help patients easily identify a member of the senior nursing team.

But should uniforms be consistent for all staff across the NHS?


Readers' comments (3)

  • michael stone

    I think HCAs and nurses should wear differently-coloured uniforms for certain - so I suppose it then probably makes sense for the more senior nurses to also be distinguishable, but that isn't as necessary in my opinion.

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  • We can't have standardised uniforms until we get standardised job roles and job names. Then we can progress and get proper national uniforms that everyone understands. our staff nurse uniforms are the same as the cleaners in the local University!

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  • each hospital could have its own but let everybody wear the same and smarten themselves up - from top CEO, consultants, down to the ancillary staff and everybody in between.

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