Changes to EU rules on professional mobility - what does this mean for employment checks?

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22 / 1 / 2016 1.28pm

On 18 January 2016, a new EU law came into force underpinning the changes set out in the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualification (MRPQ) Directive - the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2015.

New regulations and revisions to this directive are intended to improve mobility of health professionals (and other professionals) across Europe, whilst maintaining stringent safeguards and checks to ensure their competency.

There is the potential for an increased number of healthcare professionals coming to the UK to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis. This could be for a short period, or for short-periods over a longer period of time (for example to provide locum services) without being required to go through the usual set of regulatory requirements.

While this does not change the type of checks that need to be undertaken as part of the recruitment process, employers will need to be vigilant in checking whether staff they take on are registered on the temporary part of the regulator’s register and seek the necessary assurances as set out in the NHS Employment Check Standards.

These changes, and their impact on employment check requirements, are described in greater detail in the employment checks section of our website.  

Further information about the changes to EU legislation can be found on the NHS European office  website.

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