THE South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust will be launching a new regional nursing uniform on 5th September 2011 which will be rolled out in phases across hospitals in the South Eastern Trust area – Downe, Ulster, Lagan Valley, Bangor & Ards and in the community.
Hospital services staff in Downe, Ulster, and Lagan Valley will be the first group of staff to unveil the new look. Staff in Ards and Bangor Community Hospitals, community nursing and allied health professional staff will join the new look early 2012.
A Regional Uniform and Work Wear Steering Group was set up to look at standardising uniform across all health & social care staff in Northern Ireland, due to the current differences in many hospitals in the design, colour and provision of uniform and work wear. The principle objectives of this group was to ensure that all HSC staff would be easily recognisable by patients and clients, assist in the reduction of hospital acquired infections, and to provide value for money.
Following the Steering Group’s initial market investigations, a local uniform manufacturer was engaged to carry out a consultation exercise with in excess of 1,000 health & social care staff and to enable a final design of a new regional uniform.The new regional uniforms will have the designation of each staff member clearly embroidered on the top right shoulder; staff will then wear their name badge stating their name, designation and area of work.
Registered Nurse/Midwife – All Registered Nursing/Midwifery staff will wear a plain light blue tunic style top with green edging. On the right hand shoulder it is clearly embroidered Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.
Health Care Support – All Health Care Support staff will now wear a pale blue and white fine striped tunic style top with green edging. Health Care Support is clearly embroidered on the top right shoulder.
Individual name badges will clearly detail staff name, title and the department they work in.
Samples of the uniforms can be viewed in the main foyer in Ulster, Downe & Lagan Valley hospitals.