UEL hosts competition to find the designer of new NHS uniform

Alanah Smitten's winning design is the white and navy creation on the model in the front row on the

Alanah Smitten's winning design is the white and navy creation on the model in the front row on the right and the runner up design by Aimee Ward is the uniform on the model in the front row on the left. - Credit: Archant

A fashion competition has presented a student with the unique chance to see her design transformed into 4,000 NHS uniforms.

Thanks to Alanah Smitten from South Essex College, who won Tuesday’s competition, staff from the North East London NHS Foundation (NELFT) will soon be receiving a brand spanking new white and navy uniform.

Alanah’s creation was one of almost a dozen designs, created by fashion students and alumni from the University of East London and South Essex College, that were showcased at the UEL event.

On the night, nearly 100 NHS Trust staff voted for their favourite design and a panel of judges selected a winner from the top three finalists.

Runner up was UEL alumnus Aimee Ward whose design included a collar that was inspired by First World War Red Cross nursing uniforms.

Stephanie Dawe, NELFT chief nurse and executive director of Integrated Care (London), said: “We fundamentally believe as an organisation that we work with people from the cradle to the grave and this is a group of people that really are the future for us.”