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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Brexit information

EU exit preparation and COVID related disruption to supplies
The transition period for the UK leaving the EU ends on 31 December 2020. Deal or no deal, things are going to change after the transition period. Because of the end to the transition period there was already potential for some delays in the supplies of goods in the coming weeks and months. There is now also potential for some delays in the supplies of goods resulting from countries restricting transport and travel from the UK. It is difficult to assess at this point the impact in both the short and longer term for the care and health system and which supplies might be affected. Contingencies that were in place during the first wave of the pandemic to enable care providers to have access to essential food and supplies in the event of disruption to normal arrangements are still in place. Support for services own contingency planning is also available on the PEN website (business continuity section).

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance that it is not necessary for local services to stockpile medicines or for clinicians to write longer prescriptions for patients.

Further guidance for local businesses on preparing for EU exit is available from the Heart of the South West Growth Hub UK Transition website and from Devon County Council Preparing for EU Transition web page. For national guidance, visit the government Transition website.

EU Settlement Scheme
People from European countries living in this country before 1 January 2021 can continue up to 30 June 2021 to apply for 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.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services is pleased to announce that it now has a dedicated web page to provide general advice and guidance regarding the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) that relates to people needing care and support and which can be accessed by members of the public, local authorities, carers and care sector organisations.

Achieving settled status is important as otherwise people may find that they have no recourse to public funding.

EU settlement – webinars for providers
The Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) are running webinars on the EU Settlement Scheme including one for providers on Thursday 25 February from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Book your place now with ADDAS
For any further queries, please contact

More information for care and health service providers

Guidance from Care Provider Alliance
The Care Provider Alliance offers a range of guidance for care providers regarding EU Exit including links to:

  • Government guidance for the health and care sector regarding. continuity of supplies, recognition of qualifications etc
  • Using personal data after transition
  • DHSC communications on medical supplies after transition
  • Guidance for adult social care providers on the EU settlement scheme
  • Information on the new points-based immigration scheme and adult social care
  • Information for employers and individuals applying for the EU settlement scheme.

Preparing for a possible change in the EU’s Data Adequacy status for the UK
There may be changes in our arrangements and agreements on data security with EU countries. The Care Quality Commission and Care Providers Alliance has written to care providers regarding the UK becoming a “third country” for data protection purposes with a joint briefing intended to help with contingency planning for an adequacy decision not being reached by 31 December 2020. This will only happen if an adequacy decision is not reached with the EU. The steps you can take to check whether your organisation has information or data communication or storage arrangements with EU countries and to manage any changes in data storage and communication agreements are explained in Guidance for health and social care organisations: end of transition period data preparedness from Department of Health and Social Care.

Key points:

  • 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

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