Caroline Dinenage, Care Minister, has written an exclusive piece for carehome.co.uk on the topical matter of Brexit and EU care workers. An issue on most provider’s minds will be what the impact Brexit could have on their workforce and the wellbeing of the service users’ they care for.
Caroline mentions that high staff turnover is ‘unsettling for residents but also leads to misunderstandings or oversights in a person’s care needs’ and that ‘gaining, retaining and maintain the social care workforce remains a priority for the Department of Health and Social Care’.
104,000 EU staff currently work in the care and support sector and without them the social care system would fall down. Caroline is encouraging EU workers to apply to the recently launched EU Settlement Scheme. It is easy and free.
Further, legislation has been brought in which allows EU nationals training for or in possession of qualifications recognised under the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (MRPQ Directive), to continue to have their qualifications recognised after the country leaves the EU.