NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Brexit and the NHS

As we enter 2019 and get closer to the deadline for the UK to leave the EU we are aware that many of you face a period of uncertainty and others will also be concerned about the impact this may have on family members, friends and work colleagues.

NHSBT values the input of all of our colleagues including those from the EU whose valuable contribution we recognise. We are aware that this may be an unsettling period and we wish to support colleagues as much as we can.

One of the key issues will be supporting colleagues to gain status to remain in the UK. The Home Office are introducing a new ‘Settled Worker Scheme’ for EU citizens and their families. Health workers will be able to apply to the scheme early – commencing 21 January 2019 In the next phase of the pilot prior to its full launch on the 29th March. This is a positive and important recognition of the contribution our European Citizens make to our health services.  

From 21 January 2019, permanent contracted workers in the health and social care sector will have the opportunity to access this scheme early, and apply for settled status, before it is opened up to the general population from 30 March 2019. This is part of the next phase of the piloting of the scheme following two earlier phases in 2018 which tested the system out.

NHSBT is actively encouraging EU staff to apply for the scheme and as a gesture of that support, will be reimbursing the application fee of £65 for substantive EU staff who choose to apply.

Update on Settled Worker Application fee: This afternoon (21 Jan) the Government announced to Parliament it's intention to scrap the £65 application fee for EU citizens completing the application process to become Settled Workers. This is welcomed news and a recognition of the valuable contribution that EU citizens make. The scheme itself will still remain in place and NHSBT encourages colleagues to apply through gov.uk.

Over the coming weeks we will increase the information available on this page but in the meantime all the detailed guidance is available here.

Further more general information can be found on the NHS Employers website. Also visit the NHS Employers Settlement Scheme page.

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