08 April 2019

EU healthcare professionals may continue to work in the UK after Brexit

European Union nurses and other health and care workers will have their qualifications and registration recognised in the UK - regardless of whether the country leaves the EU with or without a deal, it was revealed last week. 

On 4th April, it was announced that health and social care workers from the EU with professional qualifications can continue to practise in the UK as they do currently.

Legislation introduced on 7 March 2019 means health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU and Swiss institutions who are currently registered can continue to practise in the UK as they do now, guaranteeing their ability to work in the NHS.

This means up to 63,000 NHS staff and 104,000 social care workers who qualified in the EU or Switzerland can have their training and experience accepted by all regulatory bodies for the health and social care sectors, including:

  • General Medical Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • General Dental Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Employment contracts will not need to be changed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and staff won’t have to reapply for their current positions after exit day.

The government is also encouraging EU workers to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The scheme officially opened on 30th March and you can now apply for free. Those who have lived in the UK for 5 years or longer can apply for ‘settled status’. Those who have lived in the UK for under 5 years can apply for ‘pre-settled status’.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

"Every day across the health and social care system, our EU colleagues and friends make a difference to millions of lives, and this vital legislation means they will be able to continue work here, whatever the Brexit outcome.

"My message to EU staff is clear – we all want you to feel valued and stay in the UK. Today’s announcement builds on our NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to recruit and retain a world-class workforce over the long term.

"My priority is to make sure high standards are maintained across the healthcare system and patients continue to receive the high-quality care they deserve – this legislation helps ensure that will continue to be the case."

Like the NHS, Newcross wishes for its EU workforce to remain with the company. CEO Stephen Pattrick said:

 "Our employees come from different countries across Europe and help us to deliver a best in class service to our clients. Newcross Healthcare will do everything in its power to retain its EU employees and provide any necessary guidance during this period."

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