The Dress Code for the PLAB 2

What should I wear during my PLAB 2 examination? It’s a fair question, as we have plenty of rules in the NHS as to what an acceptable dress code is. The dress code during the PLAB 2 is similar to how you would be expected to dress while working as a doctor in the NHS. Maintaining an acceptable dress code is important to the doctor-patient relationship and the public perception of the profession. As a patient, would you feel comfortable being seen by a doctor in cycling shorts and joggers? Didn’t think so! Your clothing also needs to be compliant with infection control standards. One of the ways we ensure this is by being ‘bare below the elbows’ while at the hospital and avoiding the wearing of neckties. To begin with, here are a few general pointers for your PLAB 2 examination:
  • We do not wear white coats in the UK.
  • We like to keep our sleeves rolled up above our elbows for infection control purposes.
  • We wear identifying information, such as a name badge while working (you will be provided with one during your examination).
  • Keep fingernails short and clean.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • If you have a tattoo, you may need to cover it if visible or deemed offensive.
  • Clothing with slogans is not appropriate.
  • Tie long hair back.
  • Do not wear false nails.
  • Avoid wearing any hand or wrist jewelry including a watch.
  • Avoid any low-cut clothing.
  • If wearing earrings, make sure they are plain studs and not elaborate.
  • If you wear a veil or headscarf this is acceptable.
  • Common articles of acceptable clothing include trousers, blouses, smart dresses, or skirts (at least on the knee), black tights, smart trousers, plain full-sleeved shirts,s and closed formal shoes.
  • Avoid wearing a necktie (bow tie may be acceptable).
We hope this piece makes things clearer for you!