News and Notices

Christmas Jumper (or t-shirt!) Day

Friday 16 December is the day to throw on your most colourful festive knit or t-shirt to raise funds for the Save the Children national campaign.

We are delighted to confirm that staff can take part in the day, but make sure you read the guidance below first. Take photos of your team in your festive gear and how much you are raising, and send it to dchst.communications@nhs.net - you might see yourself in a future weekly email!

Watch out for the Public Board Meeting on Thursday 15 December where the exec team will be joining in the festivities!

Guidance for staff on Christmas Jumper Day

Clinical staff are asked to observe the Bare Below the Elbows (BBE) policy and please wear a short sleeved t-shirt where possible instead of a jumper.

Importance of Hand Hygiene

Handwashing is the single, most important way to prevent the spread of infection.

Preparation for hand hygiene

We have a BBE policy which applies to all staff when in a clinical environment and to staff working in the community when undertaking clinical tasks.

BBE constitutes best practice and facilitates effective hand hygiene. It comprises the following:

  • No hand jewellery, including wrist watches and bracelets, except for a plain band ring.

  • No clothing to be worn on the arms below the elbow. (long sleeves, if worn, should be rolled up to the elbows).

  • To reduce micro-organisms, nails should be free from polish/jewellery, gel, false nails and should be kept short and clean.