Brexit and the NHS workforce

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The United Kingdom's vote in the European Union (EU) referendum to leave the EU, and subsequent departure in January 2021, has created significant uncertainty among our NHS workforce.

Our EU staff are a valued and appreciated group of the 1.2 million workers in the NHS. It is important that they are provided with the certainty they need to continue living and working in the UK. Information on the EU Settlement Scheme and how to support your EU staff is available in our dedicated web section and you can access our latest briefing on preparing for the EU Settlement Scheme deadline.

We will continue to keep you updated on any developments affecting your ability to recruit and retain your valued EU staff. In this section, you will find support and information to help you do that.

Sign up to the NHS European Office's Brexit bulletin for all the latest updates straight to your inbox. 

Further information about Brexit and the health and care sector can be found on the NHS Confederation website.

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Frequently asked questions

To help you and your staff, we have created some FAQs to some of the key immigration issues surrounding Brexit and European workers.

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EU Settlement Scheme

Your EU staff will need to apply to the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme. Find more details and resources to support applications in this section.

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UK departure from the EU

A recap on the changes to free movement of people and how qualifications will be recognised by UK health professional regulators.

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