There are a number of key communications being issued about Brexit and the associated preparations. This page has been compiled to help providers in preparing for Brexit and it will be updated as the Brexit process progresses.
The Department of Health and Social Care has published the following open letters to providers of adult social care services:
- 23 October 2019 – Brexit contingency planning update for adult social care providers and local authorities
- 30 October 2019 – UK and the EU have agreed an extension of the Article 50 period to 31 January 2020
In light of the extension granted by the EU to the UK regarding its departure to 31 January 2020 and following advice from government and the Local Resilience Forum we have put our arrangements on planning for Brexit on hold. We will post any further updates received from government for the providers of adult social care on this page and await developments following the General Election on 12 December 2019.
10 October 2019
This week the Department of Health and Social Care has written an open letter to providers of adult social care services. The letter provides an update on DHSC’s preparations for an EU exit for the adult social care sector and includes a list of practical actions which providers can take ahead of 31 October.
The information covers key areas including the continuity of supply of critical goods and services, workforce. A dedicated National Supply Disruption Response centre has also been established and a further government communication on how providers can access it is expected shortly.
11 September 2019
The government has released a toolkit for employers to raise awareness and encourage access to the EU settlement scheme.
If you have staff who are non-UK EU nationals and they have yet to apply, please encourage them to do so.
16 August 2019
The government has now created a web page specifically for providers of adult social care to inform them in preparations for ‘No Deal’ Brexit.
They also encourage providers of adult social care to sign up to email updates.
- Letter from Jennie Stephens, Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health, to adult social care providers, 4 March 2019
- Letter from Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Care, to adult social care providers, 26 February 2019
11 February 2019
Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families
Providers might like to make their staff aware of the guidance, which provides useful information about EU citizens applying for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
The government has now waived the previously proposed £65 fee.
Employers are asked to encourage any current non-UK EU national workers to apply.
3 January 2019
Government’s preparations for a March 2019 ‘no deal’ scenario for adult social care
Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care, provides an UPDATE on the Government’s ongoing preparations for a March 2019 ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario and what the adult social care system needs to consider as we step up preparations in the period leading up to March 2019. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written a number of times to the health and social care system, and this letter should be read alongside those communications. This letter covers:
- business continuity plans
- workforce and the EU Settlement Scheme
- supply of medicines and clinical consumables
- supply of non-clinical consumables, goods and services
As you will be aware, the government and the EU have now agreed the basis upon which the UK will leave the EU in March 2019. ‘No deal’ exit is not the government’s policy, but it is our duty to prepare for all scenarios. Since the Secretary of State’s letter in August, and with the assistance of our arm’s-length bodies and industry, the Department for Health and Social Care has strengthened its national contingency plans for ‘no deal’. With just over three months remaining until exit day, we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up ‘no deal’ preparations. This means the Department, alongside all other government departments, will now enact the remaining elements of our ‘no deal’ plans….
13 December 2018
Preparations for no deal exit of EU at the end of March 2019 – Advice to care and health providers
The government has updated its Guidance for contingency planning for a no deal Brexit at the end of March for health and social care providers.
Key points are:
- health and social care providers – including hospitals, care homes, GPs and community pharmacies – should not stockpile additional medicines beyond their business as usual stock levels. There is also no need for clinicians to write longer NHS prescriptions.
- Local stockpiling by UK health and social care providers is unnecessary and could cause shortages in other areas, which would put patient care at risk. Any incidences involving the overordering of medicines will be investigated and followed up with the relevant Chief or Responsible Pharmacist directly.
- clinicians should advise patients that the Government is working with industry to ensure a continued supply of medicines from the moment we leave the EU; patients should not store additional medicines at home.
- Immigration of EU citizens into the UK has already been falling and thereby reducing the supply of people to take posts in care and health providers that are already struggling to recruit people with the qualities and skills needed. However for those who are already here through the EU Settlement Scheme, which will launch in early 2019, EU nationals will be able to register for settled status if they have been here for five years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than five years