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Day in the Life of Simon Pugh for the National Healthcare Uniform

17 August 2023

What’s your name and job title?

Simon Pugh, Senior Implementation Manager, leading on the National Healthcare Uniform implementation.

What team do you work in at NHS Supply Chain?

NHS Supply Chain: Facilities and Office Solutions, within the Implementation & Adoption team.

You’ve been working on the National Healthcare Uniform project, how is it going?

We have been engaging with Trusts throughout the process and gaining an understanding of where Trusts are with their current uniform status.  The implementation phase is complex, and we are mapping out the various phases and where we see which Trusts would engage.

We are having individual Trust meetings with senior decision makers where we set out the benefits of the project, including the financial impact and savings potential based on their current purchasing methods.  Beyond this, we have been visiting Trusts with ‘Show & Tell’ sessions where we take uniform samples for them to fully review the design and colours.

What surprised you about this project?

The sheer variation of colours, trims, and styles of uniforms currently out there in Trusts!

What are your highlights or what have your favourite moments been?

At the ‘Show & Tell’ sessions when the staff get to see and try on the uniforms, some of the instant responses and positivity from those that tried on the uniform really gave the value of the project.  When they compare to what they’re currently wearing against the comfort of the new uniform it was great to see the smiles and reinforced the importance and passion NHS staff have for their uniform.

Simon Pugh

On a personal level, what motivates you and why is it important to you that this project is a success?

From all the conversations I’ve been having with Trusts across the country, there is a definite understanding of the need for a National Uniform standard.  From a staff and patient perspective it just makes sense.  We’re in the ‘How do we do it’ phase now.  My motivation stems from being part of something on a national scale that has major benefits to patent safety and numerous staff and Trust benefits too.

It is a challenge… But if it was easy, it would have already been done by now! If I can play a part in transforming the visual aspects of the NHS, that would be a great legacy.

How can trusts find out more information, join the early adopter process and work with us to understand the impact and benefit this project could have on their trust?

See our Useful Links section for more information on the background, consultation results and information on the National Healthcare Uniform.

To have a discussion on implementing the National Healthcare Uniform at your Trust, please get in touch using the following email address and a member of the team will be in touch:

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