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Barts Health is proud to have such a diverse and talented workforce serving an equally diverse east London population. Our doctors, nurses, researchers and support staff come from countries that span the globe and bring with them a wealth of experience that is an asset when providing care to our patients. We value the skills, experience and cultural diversity of those already part of Team Barts Health, and welcome these same attributes in those looking to join us.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, providing safe and compassionate care to our patients. It is only with our staff that we can achieve this vision, whether they are from the UK, mainland Europe or beyond.         

What we know

A number of proposals have been put forward but we may not know the final agreement between the UK and EU for some time and negotiations over the coming months mean that the situation is subject to change.

We note that the information provided currently states:

There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything now. There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.

The government has published a paper which outlines a set of proposals for the rights of EU citizens. These highlight that:

  • If you’re an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for five years on a continuous basis, you will be allowed to stay indefinitely by obtaining ‘settled status’.
  • If you’re an EU citizen who arrived before the cut off date but have been here for less than five years, you can apply for permission to stay until you have accumulated five years, after which you will be eligible to apply for 'settled status'.
  • If you’re an EU citizen who has arrived after the cut off date, you will be allowed to stay in the UK for at least a temporary period and may become eligible to apply for 'settled status' but this is not guaranteed.
  • If you’re a current EU student and started a course at an English university or further education institution in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years, then you will have right to remain to complete your course. You will continue to be eligible for student support and home fee status for the duration of their course.  

At the moment, these are proposals and are subject to the UK reaching agreement with EU member states over UK nationals receiving reciprocal arrangements. The ‘cut off date’ has also yet to be determined.

As more details emerge from the government over time we will be here to support all of our staff during this period of uncertainty.                                                         


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