NHSGGC is a forward facing, inclusive organisation, attracting international expertise and skills from around the globe. We greatly value the contribution of all our staff and recognise that many have a number of professional and personal concerns and questions following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU)*.
We are wholly committed to ensuring our EU staff and their families have access to up-to-date information, support and advice during this period of uncertainty. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be seeking clarity, establishing facts and ensuring that our EU staff are kept updated on developments as and when they happen.
We have compiled this information as a source of advice and support to enable us to keep you up-to-date.
Both the UK and the EU need to ratify the withdrawal agreement by 31 January 2020.
There will then be an implementation period until 31 December 2020 while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements.
You and your family can take some actions now to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU and more information is available through the following links:
27 November 2019
Please take the time to read through the latest communication on EU and EEA Citizens working in the NHS in Scotland from the Jeane Freeman MPS, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.
It is recommended to watch the Scottish Government 'Stay in Scotland' Toolkit videos for further information.
How To Stay in Scotland
Staying in Scotland
07 October 2019
If you were unable to join us at the Brexit Sessions in October, please time some time to watch the online Q&A video recorded at the latest session with the Anne MacPherson, HR Director.
16 September 2019
Brexit Staff Information Event
We have organised a Staff Brexit Session, in liaison with the EU Support Unit to provide support and guidance for EU and EEA Nationals who are working across and providing services to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The Unit, supported by the Home Office and the Scottish Government has been established to provide help to individuals in relation to general information in relation to the Settlement Scheme, applying for Settled Status, and more technical support through the process itself.
The session, which we are repeating across various sites and dates, will be held on:
2 October 2019 from 9.30am – 11.00am
Seminar Rooms 1&2, New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
8 October 2019 from 9.30am – 11.00am
Medical Education Theatre, Level 4, Royal Alexandria Hospital
11 October 2019 from 9.30am – 11.00am
Lecture Theatre, Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
If you would like to come along to one of the sessions, please arrange to book a place through the links above.
We would ask that if you are due on shift that you make arrangements with your Line Manager in order to ensure appropriate cover.
19 September 2019
Are you Travelling Abroad over Brexit
The UK is planning to leave the EU on 31 October. The Government has produced some new guidance on what you need to do now to prepare for Brexit. You can see this in detail here - https://www.gov.uk/brexit. However for your information we have provided the key points below:
You and your family
Travel Insurance - take out appropriate travel insurance with health cover before travelling to the EU. You may be charged for your care if you do not get health cover with your travel insurance.
Passport - check a passport for travel to Europe after Brexit. You may not be able to travel if you do not renew your passport in time.
Immigration Rules - check what you need to do to make sure you can travel through the border of the country you are visiting. You may not be allowed to enter the EU if you cannot show you meet immigration rules.
Mobile Phone - check whether your mobile phone company has changed its mobile roaming charges before travelling to the EU. You may be charged for using your mobile device in the EU if your operator has re-introduced roaming charges.
Disruption to Journey - check for disruption to your journey before you travel between the UK and the EU - border checks may take longer. If you do not allow enough time, you could miss your flight, train or ferry.
Driving - if you are intending to drive to the EU you may need some extra documents after Brexit.
Pet Travel - after Brexit you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months.
Short Trips - after Brexit, you will not need a visa for short trips, according to European Commission proposals. You could stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, or to work or study. Check the website for updates on this.
Border control - at border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket; show you have enough money for your stay and/or use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
Ireland - travel to Ireland will not change after Brexit. You’ll also be able to work in Ireland in the same way as before.
Advice on all of the above is available to see in the guidance: Visit Europe after Brexit.
EU Settlement Scheme Launch - Correspondence from Home Secretary (Updated 16 September 2019)
EU citizens currently living in the UK will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to keep living in the UK. To be eligible to apply to the Settlement Scheme, EU citizens will need to show they are resident in the UK by December 2020. However, you can apply to the Scheme now through this link - Settlement Scheme.
If you would like some assistant with applying you can contact the EU Settlement Scheme helpline, Monday to Friday (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) on 0800 916 9847.
Letter to Consultants re medicines
Use the link below to download the letter in Word format.
We have condensed our Brexit Site Pages and Information into an overall Brexit Guide. We have updated this to ensure that it contains the most up to date information. This is aimed at staff, their colleagues and Managers. This can be viewed along with FAQs on the Guidance and Information page below or by clicking Brexit Guide - Staff and Managers.
If you have any general queries, you can email us at [email protected] or alternatively call us on 0141 278 2700 - Option 2.
GMC News – Preparing for Brexit
Please see the below list of FAQs which have been published by the GMC in relation to Brexit.