As we approach the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, as well as the closing date for the EU Settlement Scheme of 30 June 2021, we are encouraging employers to keep the momentum going and ensure all NHS staff and their families know about the scheme and the deadline for applying.
Figures from earlier last month indicate that over four million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme had been received, but despite this volume it’s really important to help prepare any outstanding applicants and support them to apply.
Reaching all staff
Some staff in harder to reach roles like estates and facilities positions, or contractors who don’t feature on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR), may be at a higher risk of missing information on the scheme and not signing up ahead of the deadline. Employers should work with staff side representatives and contractors to help ensure the scheme is promoted widely and effectively.
The Home Office have published communication materials in 26 different European languages, with guidance on how to apply included. You can find additional promotional material on the gov.uk website, including posters, social media graphics and leaflets which you can use to raise awareness and encourage applications.
Employers can now record settled status on ESR, as well as report on it. While there is no obligation currently for an individual to inform their employer that they have applied to the scheme (or the status of their application), where this information has been made available, the new functionality will help employers to raise awareness with relevant staff members and record right to work information.
The NHS Jobs team is also working on developments to be able to record settled and pre-settled status at the application stage.
For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme and resources including a webinar and eligibility flowchart, see our dedicated pages.