The more than 100,000 social care workers who qualified in the EU will continue to have their training and experience recognised after Brexit, the Government has announcement.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, today announced the changes that ensure health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU institutions can continue to practise in the UK.
Mr 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.”
As a result of the changes, health and social care workers will continue to have their qualifications recognised by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Dental Council and Health and Care Professions Council.
The Department of Health and Social Care said employment contracts will not need to be changed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and staff will not have to re-apply for their current positions after exit day.
Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers and Chair of the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health organisations, said: “We have been clear that we must continue to embrace the vital contribution of our talented colleagues from overseas in caring for our patients and communities.
“We very much welcome the news, as will employers and staff, that the UK will recognise the qualifications of EU professionals in a no-deal situation.
“We would hope for similar confirmation of recognition for those with UK qualifications working in the EU.”
Martin Green, CEO of Care England, told CHP: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to enabling EU workers to have their qualifications and registration recognized. EU workers provide a very vital resource in both social care and health, and we must do all we can to ensure they can continue to practice in the UK after Brexit.”