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As representatives of the service, employees, bank staff, agency staff and Trust volunteers where applicable should endeavour to maintain the highest standards which encompass uniform and personal hygiene. This policy allows for individual needs, specialist areas, cultural and religious obligations and applied to all staff irrespective of protected characteristics.

Consideration should always be given to infection control, the operation of machinery, the identification of staff and clear communication with patients. The professional image presented by us at Ashford and St Peter’s is an important component in the way we are perceived by colleagues, patients and the public.

The Dress Code Policy is necessary in order to:

  • Convey a professional image of the Trust and individual
  • Give patients confidence
  • Support infection control
  • Have regard to health and safety considerations
  • Comply with the professional codes of practice
  • Reduce the likelihood of injury to staff, patients and visitors

The Trust recognises the diversity of cultures, religions, disabilities and beliefs of its employees and will take a fair approach when this affects dress and uniform requirements. For example, this includes the wearing of a hijab or cross. Despite this priority will be given to health and safety, security and infection control.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: HR Business Partners and Advisors
Ratified by: Trust Board
Date Ratified: May 2018
Date Issued: June 2018
Review Date: May 2021
Target Audience: All Trust staff and employees
Contact name: Employee Relations Manager