The different grades of nursing staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ wear distinctly coloured uniforms. This will help you to recognise them more easily.
Female staff can choose between wearing a tunic and trousers or a dress.
All staff also wear an identity badge.
Red uniforms - senior nurses
Who: senior nurses, for example chief nurse, deputy chief nurses, heads of nursing and site nurse practitioners.
Role: these members of staff now spend more time in clinical areas, particularly on Fridays, caring for patients and helping us to monitor the quality of care across the organisation.
Purple uniforms - matrons
Role: senior staff who provide support and advice to a number of wards and departments.
Read our matrons' charter (PDF 98Kb).
Dark grey uniforms - specialists
Who: practice development nurses, clinical nurse specialists and other specialist practitioners.
Dark blue uniforms - sisters/charge nurses
Who: ward and department sisters/charge nurses.
Role: these members of staff manage a ward or department and are the most senior members of staff in that clinical area.
Read the ward sisters' and charge nurses' charter (PDF 99Kb).
Medium blue uniforms - deputy sisters/charge nurses
Who: deputy ward sisters/charge nurses.
Role: these members of staff provide support to the ward or department sister/charge nurse, helping to run the ward or department.
Light blue uniforms - staff nurses
Who: staff nurses.
Role: these members of staff are qualified nurses who provide patient care on wards and in outpatient departments.
Light grey uniforms - nursing assistants
Who: nursing assistants.
Role: these members of staff are not registered nurses, however are very much a part of the nursing team.
Nursing assistants perform a wide range of tasks, eg helping patients to wash and get dressed. They work under the supervision of a qualified nurse.