How BREXIT affects EU trained Nurses who want to work in the UK

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND IS NOT PART OF THE UK, SO BREXIT DOES NOT AFFECT YOU CONCERNING FINDING A JOB AND MOVING TO IRELAND.

BREXIT ONLY RELATES TO THE UNITES KINGDOM, WHICH CONSISTS OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, AND NORTHERN IRELAND.

Since the 1st of January 2021, to work as a Nurse in the UK, you will be required to obtain a work permit. There may also be some changes to the NMC process.

Your work permit will be for two years and will be Employer Dependent, meaning you will lose your freedom to change jobs once you arrive in the UK as your Work Permit will only allow you to have one employer. 

There will also be a substantial cost to the employer to get you a work permit.

Also, previously you can move to the UK and work as an HCA or in alternative employment while you are waiting to finish your NMC registration. As your work permit will be dependent on you being a nurse, this will no longer be possible.

The first step you will need to complete if you want to move to the UK will be to obtain your NMC registration.

So, there are three main changes you need to understand

Employer Costs

As a work permit will cost an employer almost £2,000, they will become more selective in their hiring process. This will have the effect of making the interview more difficult as employers will try to ensure they hire the right person.

Freedom of Movement

As the work permit is employer dependent, you need to become a lot more selective in your choice of employer. Effectively you will need to stay with your first employer for a two-year period. If you find yourself in a situation where you are not happy with your employer for any reason, you won’t be able to resign and find a new job. If you quit within the first two years, your employer will cancel your work permit with immediate effect, making you illegal in the UK.

No Opportunity to move as a Healthcare Assistant

Presently the position of a Healthcare assistant does not qualify for a work permit, which eliminates the opportunity to move to the UK before you complete your registration with the NMC and work as a Healthcare Assistant or a Pre-Registered Nurse while you complete the registration.

So effectively, there will be fewer opportunities that you will be interested in, and when you find one, it will be harder to get that job as the employer will be less likely to take any recruitment risks due to the increased costs.

Finally, since you will need to be a registered nurse in order to get a work permit, the first stage of the process will be to complete your NMC registration process.

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