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The UK’s vote to leave the EU has moved the country into uncharted waters, raising questions over what Brexit will mean for the NHS. 

Far-reaching interlinks between EU and domestic policy mean the health and care sector must be clear on what the implications could be and seek to influence decisions to safeguard its future.

The NHS Confederation is uniquely placed to do so.

Through our networks and in association with the NHS European Office and NHS Employers, we are the only national body able to bring together technical expertise with the voice of the NHS leadership – providing a strong voice for commissioners and providers in Westminster and Brussels.

Our expertise – spanning EU issues, employment practice and domestic politics – leaves us ideally placed to advocate for the NHS’s interests, advise on ways to mitigate risks and keep you abreast of the latest developments. 

What we're doing

As the government’s Brexit strategy takes shape, we are working to ensure your views are front and centre of the debate and decision-making:

  • Pressing senior decision-makers to consider the impact of EU withdrawal on the NHS budget, research, employment, cross-border healthcare, innovation and clinical trials. 
  • Making the case for the NHS in Brussels through our NHS European Office, which provides expertise on the full range of policy detail in relevant EU legislation and uses its extensive links with European health bodies to influence and analyse EU legislation. 
  • Working as part of a large coalition of organisations across health and social care – known as the Cavendish Coalition – to:

    1. Support the economic as well as social health of the communities we work within through the creation of opportunities for training and employment.
    2. Promote employment policy and practice which ensures that the UK continues to be able to attract vital skills from Europe and around the world to work in health and social care.
    3. Seek certainty for those already working in the UK by advocating for the right of the current health and social care workforce originating from European Economic Area (EEA) members to remain here. 

  • Raising your concerns with officials working on the detail and sharing your views with MPs and Peers as they debate and scrutinise ongoing Brexit negotiations. 
  • Working closely with the newly established NHS England EU transition team, the Department of Health and other arm’s-length bodies, and NHS Providers to ensure the NHS speaks with one voice on these crucial issues. 
  • Engaging with you on what potential changes may mean and ensuring we have fully understood the potential impact of proposals under discussion. 

Keep informed

Sign up for our regular member e-newsletters to get the latest news, views and engagement opportunities direct to your inbox. 

  • Member Update – the Confed's weekly update with need-to-know news and developments
  • NHS Workforce Bulletin – NHS Employers' weekly bulletin with the latest workforce news and resources 
  • NHS European Office Update – NHS European Office's monthly newsletter covering EU news and policies affecting the NHS
  • NHS Brexit bulletin - The NHS European Office's new bulletin which brings together the latest information on how Brexit will implicate the wider health and care system. 

If you have any issues, questions or concerns about Brexit and the NHS, please get in touch. 

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