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Is a national, standardised nursing uniform a good idea?

The NHS in England is consulting nurses on their views – and what style would work best

The NHS in England is consulting nurses on the introduction of standardised uniforms and what style would work best

The NHS is consulting nurses in England about whether they want nationally standardised uniforms.

The consultation , which ends on 31 May, also asks what style of uniform nursing staff would like to wear .

Would a nationwide approach to nursing uniforms be a good move? Nursing Standard readers have their say.

Jandryle Trondillo is deputy home manager at Caring Homes Group @jaytrondillo

It is clear from the preliminary findings of the consultation that standardising the nursing uniform across England would benefit not only the NHS, in

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The NHS in England is consulting nurses on the introduction of standardised uniforms – and what style would work best

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The NHS is consulting nurses in England about whether they want nationally standardised uniforms.

The consultation, which ends on 31 May, also asks what style of uniform nursing staff would like to wear.

Would a nationwide approach to nursing uniforms be a good move? Nursing Standard readers have their say.


Jandryle Trondillo is deputy home manager at Caring Homes Group
@jaytrondillo

It is clear from the preliminary findings of the consultation that standardising the nursing uniform across England would benefit not only the NHS, in terms of cost and sustainability, but also patients.

It is fundamentally important that patients are able to differentiate various nursing roles in all settings. This promotes safety, which is at the heart of everything we do as nurses.

The challenge, though, is aligning the private sector with this initiative. It would be shortsighted to tackle this in the NHS alone, given a big proportion of nursing professionals work in social care.


Danny Shilling is a second-year nursing student at Birmingham City University
@STNDanny

The style and design of all nursing uniforms should be consistent, as it is in other public services, to allow easy identification of people’s roles.

But because identity is important, and people take pride in their trusts or workplaces, individual emblems or logos could help differentiate organisations.

Similarly, there should be a standardised, nationally agreed design for nursing student uniforms that clearly displays year of study, perhaps via coloured epaulettes, with the only difference being the university logo.

My placement trust trains students from multiple universities and identifying who is a nursing student or is from another healthcare profession can be challenging.


Sherene Gayle is a third-year adult nursing student at Middlesex University

A standardised nursing uniform could have a profoundly positive impact on the professional image of the registered nurse in the NHS in England.

Standardisation works well in other UK countries. Wearing a standardised uniform in England would allow patients and visitors to identify individual nurses by rank and experience.

Care would have to be taken that the uniforms communicate those differences clearly through colour, style and material. If nursing uniforms were too similar, this could be confusing – plus, other NHS healthcare professionals and nurses working in the private sector may wear similar colours and styles, another potential opportunity for confusion.


Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

To me, standardised uniforms make sense – and would make getting ready for work that bit easier.

It makes identifying people by their clinical roles simpler. If you’re looking for a pharmacist, for example, it will be easier to spot them.

But while I support uniforms in a clinical setting, in the community they are not so great. They are a barrier to engagement.

People receiving visits can feel stigmatised when visited by someone who is in a healthcare provider’s uniform, and this feeds into considerations of confidentiality for patients who may not want neighbours to know they are being seen by a healthcare professional.


Readers’ panel members give their views in a personal capacity only


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