New uniform aims to increase visibility of senior nurses in Scottish hospitals

Burgundy-coloured tunic will enhance accountability of senior staff.
Scottish uniform

A new uniform has been introduced for nurse directors, assistant deputy nurse directors and clinical nurse managers in Scotland, which will make it easier for patients and visitors to identify who is in charge on a ward.

The new policy, which involves nurses at Band 8 and above wearing burgundy-coloured tunics, was ordered by Scottish health secretary Shona Robison. It was instigated in the wake of inquiries that raised concerns about the visibility of senior nurses in hospitals.

About 540 staff will be required to wear the tunic at all times when in clinical settings.

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The launch of the uniform follows the publication of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report into an outbreak of


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