EU/EEA Citizens Working in Scotland

    As the UK moves towards leaving the EU, the NHS is committed to supporting all staff affected by Brexit.

    To ensure staff affected by Brexit have access to up to date information, support and guidance, we have established a dedicated section on HR Connect. 

    Detailed in the tabs below you will find more information on Brexit and the process in place within your Board.

    National Services Scotland

    NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is an inclusive organisation which greatly values the commitment, hard work and contributions made by all our staff.  There has been extensive coverage of BREXIT discussions in the media following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and we acknowledge that this may have been unsettling for some of our EU staff.

    As an employer, 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.

    As the UK moves towards leaving the EU, NSS is committed to supporting all staff affected by Brexit.  We will publish further updates and guidance on HRConnect as Brexit discussions progress.

    For further information, please use the Tabs below. If you have any enquiries, contact HR using the Contact Us form

    * EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.  The European Economic Area (EEA) includes EU countries plus Iceland,   Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market and therefore Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

    NHS 24

    NHS 24 is an 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.

    Consequently, we have compiled the following sources of advice and support to enable us to keep you up-to-date:

    Public Health Scotland

    Public Health Scotland content is being formulated for this page.  In the interim please refer to the National Services Scotland tab or contact HR, using the contact us tab, for further guidance and support.

    Scottish Ambulance Service

    As part of the ongoing BREXIT developments, there is a significant amount of work being completed across all NHS Boards to assess the implications for delivery of services.  A key issue for NHS Scotland is supporting our staff from countries within European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). 

    We are taking account of the most recent national advice to develop and information resources for staff.  Further details will be provided on this in due course. 

    If you would like further information on this issue please contact Graeme Ferguson, HR Manager at graemeferguson2@nhs.net who is leading on our workforce support for BREXIT.

    Guidance and Communications:

    Stay in Scotland Campaign

    The 'Stay in Scotland' campaign aim is to raise awareness that EU citizens need to apply to the UK Government EU Settlement Scheme if they want to continue living in Scotland after the EU exit, and encourage them to do so.  As part of this message, the campaign also seeks to reinforce the idea that EU citizens are valued members of society in Scotland.

    The campaign runs for two weeks from 5 April 2019 and will direct people towards the Scottish Government EU Exit website, where they can find information on how to apply to the UK Government EU Settlement Scheme and the Scottish Government’s package of support.

    The State Hospital

    The State Hospital is an inclusive organisation which greatly values the commitment, hard work and contributions made by all our staff.  There has been extensive coverage of BREXIT discussions in the media following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and we acknowledge that this may have been unsettling for some of our EU staff.

    As an employer, 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.

    As the UK moves towards leaving the EU, The State Hospital is committed to supporting all staff affected by Brexit.  We will publish further updates and guidance on HR Connect as Brexit discussions progress.

    For further information, please refer to the following guidance from the Scottish Government and links to useful information.

    If you have any enquiries, contact HR using the Contact Us Form on the right hand side of this site.

    * EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.  The European Economic Area (EEA) includes EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market and therefore Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.