The Department of Health and Social Care wrote to Adult Social Care providers in December to advise 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 preparations step up in the lead up to March 2019.
In line with the Government’s principal operational focus on national ‘no deal’ planning, action must now be taken locally to manage the risks of a ‘no deal’ exit. To ensure you are as prepared as possible, we urge all Social Care providers to have fully up to date and robust contingency plans for the possible implications of a ‘no deal’ EU exit.
The Government has produced EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidance which outlines some of the key areas where providers should consider their plans. These include workforce; supply of medicines and consumables; and supply of non-clinical consumable goods and services. Please consult pages 16-24 of the Guidance, which contain action cards for various types of health and social care providers, including independent providers such as your organisation.
We also urge you to raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme with citizens of remaining EU countries working for your organisation. You may have already encouraged them to register for EU settled status under the pilot scheme that was open between 3rd and 21st December 2018. People that did not register under the pilot scheme do not need to worry, as the Scheme will be fully open by March 2019 and will remain open until 31st December 2020 in a ‘no deal’ scenario.
The Government is maintaining an online repository of information for the Health and Social Care sector on planning for a potential no-deal Brexit, and we will continue to communicate with the care market in Norfolk as and when information becomes available.