NHSScotland staff work in challenging roles, delivering a first-class service to the people of Scotland, and deserve a uniform that was fit for the demanding job they do.
However, feedback from staff indicated wide variations in both the style and quality of uniforms provided locally.
That is why in 2008 it was agreed that a new national uniform should be introduced. In addition to providing a better quality, this also offered the opportunity to have a consistent uniform throughout NHSScotland.
The uniform has been specifically designed for NHSScotland. The material, specially formulated for the uniform, is cool enough for the hospital environment and it stretches to allow freedom of movement. An improved style and fit also makes the uniform more appropriate for all manual handling needs.
- The clinical team, staff involved in patient treatment, wear tunics in five shades of blue with navy trousers
- The non-clinical team, including porters, catering and domestic staff, wear two shades of green with navy trousers
These colour-coded national uniforms present a readily recognisable professional corporate image, making it easier for patients and the public to identify NHSScotland staff and their roles.
Roll out of the national uniform, to uniformed staff across NHS Boards, was completed in December 2012.