New uniforms for nurses and midwives8th April 2010
New uniforms are starting to be issued to the 36,000 nurses and midwives in Wales.
Staff at a hospital in west Wales have become the first to start wearing new national uniforms, which have been specifically designed to make it easier for patients to see who is in charge of hospital wards.
Research had shown that many patients were confused over the hierarchy within the wards.
Wales is the first nation in the UK to introduce a national uniform – as a result of the Free to Lead Free to Care report - and they will be phased-in across the country over the next few months with extra uniforms being issued to staff.
As part of the roll-out, hospitals are making better changing facilities available and on-site laundries in an effort to control the spread of infections.
Chief nursing officer for Wales Rosemary Kennedy said: "It is essential that patients have confidence in the nursing profession.
"The national uniforms will help to remove any confusion over who is in charge, making it easier for people to direct a query and to have confidence in the reply they receive."
The new uniforms are: hospital ward sisters/charge nurses and their deputies (navy blue), clinical nurse specialist (royal blue), staff nurse (hospital blue) staff midwives (postman blue), healthcare support workers (green), nursery nurse (aqua green).
The Free to Lead Free to Care report was published by an expert group set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to look at enhancing the role of hospital ward sisters and charge nurses.
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Title: New uniforms for nurses and midwives
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14587
Date Added: 8th Apr 2010