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NHS and Social Services: Uniforms

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 46723, tabled on 13 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS and social care staff do not wear their uniforms in the community.

Answered on

21 May 2020

There is no evidence that National Health Service staff or social care staff wearing their uniform outside of work is linked with a risk of infection. However, in line with ‘Uniforms and workwear: guidance for NHS employers’, published by NHS England and NHS Improvement on 2 April 2020 - it is good practice for staff to change at work or cover their uniforms as they travel to and from work.

All NHS trusts have local uniform and workwear policies for clinical staff that should be enforced locally. All NHS and social care staff should wear a freshly laundered uniform that is removed if soiled. If care workers do not wear a uniform, they should change their clothing when they get home and launder as for uniforms.

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