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Nursing and midwifery staff - meet the team

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Members of the nursing and midwifery team wearing the different coloured uniformsThe 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

    Nurse wearing a red uniformWho: 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

    Nurse wearing a purple uniformWho: 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

    Nurse wearing a grey uniformWho: practice development nurses, clinical nurse specialists and other specialist practitioners.

  • Dark blue uniforms - sisters/charge nurses

    Nurse wearing a dark blue uniformWho: 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

    Nurse wearing a medium blue uniformWho: 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

    Nurse wearing a light blue uniformWho: 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

    Nurse wearing a light grey uniformWho: 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.

Ward staff

Staying on one of our wards? Find out more about some more of the staff you might meet.