P_HS_15 Uniform and Dress Code Policy

The organisation considers the way employees dress and their appearance is of significant importance in portraying a professional image to all users of its service, whether patients, visitors, clients or colleagues. The purpose of a dress code is to ensure a common approach to issues relating to dress. It is expected that staff appear smart and professional whilst supporting Health and Safety regulations pertaining to infection control and manual handling regulations.

Evidence based guidance and Equality Impact Assessment from Department of Health have been used in developing this policy. This policy sets out the expectations of NHS Lincolnshire in relation to its corporate dres code, standards of appearance and the wearing of uniforms. It is applicable to all NHS Lincolnshire employees.

 The organisation considers the way employees dress and their appearance is of significant importance in portraying a professional image to all users of its service, whether patients, visitors, clients or colleagues. To encourage public trust and confidence employees are expected to project a professional image by complying with the uniform and dress code policy.

The purpose of a dress code is to ensure a common approach to issues relating to dress. It is expected that staff appear smart and professional whilst adhering to Health and Safety regulations pertaining to infection control, manual handling regulations and other risks.

This policy applies to all staff, including outside contractors, agency workers and students when working within the organisation. This policy has been compiled in conjunction with the NHS Lincolnshire Control of Infection Policy, the Moving and Handling Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy.

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