The Dress Code for the PLAB 2

Here’s a question we get asked all the time by you! What should I wear during my PLAB 2 examination?

And 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!

In addition, your clothing needs to be compliant with infection control standards; in other words, it should not increase the risk of spreading germs around the hospital. 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 finger nails 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.
  • Brightly coloured hair (red, blue and orange) is best avoided.


Some special points which may apply to females include:

  • Tie long hair back.
  • Do not wear false nails.
  • Avoid wearing any hand or wrist jewellery.
  • Avoid any low-cut clothing.
  • If wearing earrings, make sure they are plain studs and not elaborate.
  • Avoid high heels.
  • If you wear a veil or headscarf this is more than acceptable, but your face must be visible.
  • Common articles of acceptable clothing include trousers, blouses, smart dresses or skirts (at least on the knee), black tights and closed shoes.


Some special points which may apply to males include:

  • Avoid wearing a wristwatch.
  • Avoid wearing a neck tie (bow tie may be acceptable).
  • Common articles of acceptable clothing include a plain full sleeved shirt, smart trousers and closed formal shoes.

^The men have it so simple *sigh*. 

We hope this piece makes things clearer for you!

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Hi! My name is Mary Rose and I am gearing up to begin life as a F1 doctor in August 2018. I just completed my electives in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand and will be starting on Gastroenterology as my first rotation. I love blogging, cats, cake and collecting stationary. I'm super excited to be blogging at Docty! I'll be posting articles, blogs, tips and interviews to help further your medical career and help with exams :)