National Healthcare Uniform

The National Healthcare Uniform Project is a proposal put forward by NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services to introduce a nationally standardised uniform across the NHS in England.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to provide a response, especially at this particularly challenging time.

Recommendations and Next Steps

The workforce consultation does not mark the end of the engagement process and it is imperative that the views of individuals and representative bodies right across the NHS continue to be heard and considered as we move forward.

We will communicate progress with the project when appropriate and will continue to take guidance and direction from NHS England and NHS Improvement. We will continue to engage with the professional representative bodies to ensure the voice of the NHS workforce continues to be heard.

Project Update

17 May 2022 -The wearer trial stage of this process is now complete, we are currently finalising the design, and once it is ready we will be in a position to issue the final tender. Due to public sector procurement regulations, we are unable to share more specific information at this stage, however, as soon as we can, we will share a more detailed update (including the next steps and project timescales).

25 August 2022 – We are working hard on a fit for purpose, easy to wear, smart and comfortable uniform that meets the needs of healthcare professionals in the NHS.

Global Supply Chain disruptions are contributing to delays, but we are working with our suppliers to manage any issues that arise.

We are currently finalising the design and once it is ready we will be in a position to issue the final tender. Due to public sector procurement regulations, we are unable to share more specific information at this stage, however further information will be available on this page when it is possible to do so.

We will continue to engage across the NHS to finalise the design and colourways of this important project and will share a more detailed update as soon as we can.

The Results

With the consultation closed, our team have been analysing the results from more than 50,000 responses and working with stakeholders to gain further insights from the consultation. We are now delighted to share the report with you. Further analysis has allowed us to ensure the context is captured and included accurately within the tender requirements.

Patients have told us that contact with several NHS professionals can sometimes feel confusing, so I’m pleased that there is support for a standardised uniform for NHS staff working in clinical roles in England which will help patients and the public easily identify which nursing, midwifery or care professional is providing their care. I look forward to the next stage which will see continued engagement across the NHS.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England

Read the Workforce Consultation Results – Full Report to learn more about the recommendations and next steps.

See our Useful Links section to view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Initial Consultation Results Analysis

See our Downloads ▼ section to read the initial Consultation proposal.

Who Responded?

Responses were received from a wide variety of NHS professions, reflecting the whole of the NHS workforce. There were:

50,710 individual online responses
83 by email
5 direct from representative bodies

Over half of the responses came from nursing professionals, followed by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and midwives. A significant number of respondents are classified as ‘other’, which we may be able to reclassify with careful analysis before we publish the final report.

Around 9% of responses came from other professions including Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists who were previously not in scope. However, we will be working with key representatives from these professions to understand numbers and to build their responses into our procurement plan going forward.

Do you think that a standardised National Healthcare Uniform should be adopted across the NHS in England?

Only 18% of respondents were either against this key proposal or were not sure, with 82% agreeing that a standardised National Healthcare Uniform should be adopted.

Uniform Results Graphic - Smart Scrub

Which of the following styles do you prefer?

Smart Scrub Tunic - 49%
Tunic - 32%
Scrub - 19%

The Smart Scrub Tunic style was most popular with 49% of respondents preferring it. This was followed by a Tunic with 32% and a Scrub with 19%.

We believe that the responses clearly show that there is an overwhelming desire across the NHS to adopt a standard national uniform and that this approach should be followed by all trusts.

Kevin Chidlow, Tower Director, NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services

*Please note that pictures used with this information are for illustrative purposes only – they are not part of the consultation or specifically representative of any particular uniform types under consideration.

Downloads ▼

  • Workforce Consultation - The Results

    Read the full results of the National Healthcare Uniform Workforce Consultation.
  • Initial Consultation Proposal

    A PDF file showing the proposal for the National Healthcare Uniform project.