21 January 2019

Remain with Newcross, EU workforce

While Britain might be preparing to leave the EU in the coming months, Newcross Healthcare CEO, Stephen Pattrick, is calling on its highly valued EU employees to remain with the company. 

If you've read a newspaper, turned on a television or walking down the high street, you'll likely have noticed that Brexit doom and gloom is littering the UK media. 

In April 2018, the Nursing and Midwifery Council released solemn figures which showed a significant spike in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving their register. Their findings evidenced that between April 2017 and March 2018, 3,962 people left – an increase of 29%.

In contrast, based on figures from Newcross' 'Right to work' report that ran over a period of twelve months, it appeared that this downward spiral within the industry did not deter Newcross's EU workforce. This proportion of Newcross staff has not only remained stable but actually increased - with EU nurses also increasing from 12% of the total nurse base to 14% last year.

Following last night's decision to scrap the £65 fee for EU citizens wanting to stay in the UK, Newcross Healthcare 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." 

"I'm from the EU and want to stay.  What do I need to do?"

If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members now. It will open fully by 30 March 2019.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You can apply now if you’re eligible, but you’ll probably get pre-settled status rather than settled status if you do not currently have 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’.

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, click here. 

If you have any queries, email communications@newcrosshealthcare.com