WORKFORCE: An acute hospital trust in Sussex is introducing a new way of trying to help patients identify the different types of staff that work there.

Staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are now wearing different colour lanyards around their neck. 

Matrons, sisters, staff nurses, consultants, doctors, porters, housekeepers and ward clerks all have their own colour, with their role clearly stated on the lanyard.

Trust director of nursing Alice Webster said: “This is a simple idea and the feedback from patients has been very positive.

“We believe we are one of the first trusts in the county to adopt this additional method of staff recognition, across the whole of the trust,” she said.