COVID-19 frequently asked questions

Make sure you follow Health Protection Scotland’s guidance for any issues in relation to coronavirus, COVID-19. This is available on Health Protection Scotland’s website.

You can find information on our website here. It is important that you check these websites daily to stay up to date.

We are receiving questions from services on a daily basis. We have captured some of the most frequently asked questions below. We are updating this regularly as more information becomes available.

The response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is complex and fast moving. It is important that you continue to check information on the relevant websites that we have linked to below.

 

I have a family returning from a holiday abroad, are they able to attend my care service?

Guidance on whether someone is required to self-isolate is provided by Health Protection Scotland. It is important you check their website daily because as the situation changes, so does the advice. Guidance for staff working in non-healthcare settings provides details of whether someone has to self-isolate.

What if a family complains about my service as a result of any actions I take relating to coronavirus COVID-19?

We will consider any complaints on a case-by-case basis. Our key focus will always be the wellbeing of children and adults using services. Providing you have followed the appropriate guidance from Health Protection Scotland, we will not investigate complaints of this nature.

What if people cannot attend our service due to coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions, can I still charge them fees?

The decision to charge fees or not is one for the individual provider. We recommend that you refer to your terms and conditions detailed in your contracts to guide your approach. Help for self-employed people and businesses is available on the UK Government website.

Providing care is my main source of income, where can I get advice if I am struggling financially as a result of coronavirus COVID-19?

Guidance is available on the UK Government’s website.

In children’s services should we be avoiding certain activities such as sand, playdough or water trays to prevent the spread of infection?

We would suggest that services consider removing sand pits, playdough and water trays etc. as these cannot be easily cleaned. Always encourage and promote good hygiene with the children and staff. Do not contact the Health Protection Team if a child has a confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 test, they will contact you. Further guidance about infection control is available on Health Protection Scotland’s website.

We have planned an open evening for families, should we cancel this?

Yes. The Scottish Government has advised there should be no unnecessary gatherings at this time. You should consider whether there are different approaches to sharing information remotely.

What should I do about our CSQs (care standard questionnaires)? 

We do not expect services to process these at this time. 


Staffing

What are the Care Inspectorate expectations around staffing ratios, if our staff are off sick or at home self-isolating?

We understand the concerns you may have around staffing. We ask that you plan contingencies for how to staff your service as normal in the event colleagues are unwell. Child to adult ratios feature in our registration and inspection of early learning and childcare (ELC). However, for other service types, including care homes, we stopped issuing staffing schedules at the point of registering a service in 2018. Instead, we expect the staffing numbers, and skills and experience of staff to reflect the needs of people who use services.

At this extremely challenging time, we will support all services in their need to apply flexibility and judgement around staffing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people using the service. We recognise services will need to be creative and make use of a wider range of resources. This could potentially include staff from other public services and volunteers. We recognise that this will mean services may not be able to undertake all normal recruitment checks as quickly and easily as they did before.

However, during this period it is important that providers put in place structures to support and oversee staff in their role, including any volunteers and unregistered staff. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering the social care workforce. People can now work in registrable roles for a period of 12 months without being registered, which enables services to adopt a flexible approach.

Employers should continue to carry out recruitment checks for new staff and volunteers, but immediate flexibility should be applied under the current emergency.  Therefore the Care Inspectorate and the SSSC can confirm that employers should continue to request PVG checks and references, but that employers no longer need to wait for these to be returned satisfactorily before deploying individuals to regulated roles directly supporting and caring for people.  Disclosure Scotland will be prioritising PVG checks, but the UK Coronavirus Bill means that organisations recruiting staff ahead of a PVG check can do so without the risk of committing an offence. Barred individuals who seek to exploit this will be reported to Police Scotland.

Providers of registered services should insist that any new staff or volunteers, whether redeployed or new to a caring role, complete an application form.  This must include a self-declaration regarding any relevant health, regulatory or criminal history, as well as previous experience and qualifications.  Providers should then carry out a risk assessment to determine the most appropriate deployment of individuals and ensure that knowledge, skills and experience are spread most effectively in order to meet the needs of people in the service.  While continuity of care is important for people, reallocating roles and deploying workers to front-line and auxiliary positions is expected to be a dynamic process that will impact on the care and support people receive.  

Significant disruption to staffing is expected during the pandemic and services are best placed to make decisions regarding optimum recruitment and deployment in a rapidly changing situation.  The Care Inspectorate and the SSSC will support providers and staff to operate flexibly and realistically under these circumstances.

Further information is available on SSSC website.

Our chief executive issued a statement on 17 March 2020 on how the Care Inspectorate is responding through our contingency planning to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation.

 

Visitors to people who use services

Should care homes be restricting visitors?

Care homes should be reducing visitors to the home apart from essential visits and might need to consider visits from appropriate health and care staff as essential. Thought should be given to having a named relative as contact. There needs to be flexibility where appropriate such as in end of life settings and where residents are affected it will be appropriate for visitors to don PPE in order to be able to spend time with them. It would also be reasonable to ask visitors for symptoms on arrival and to ask symptomatic people to stay away. As with previous experiences it may be wise to exclude visits from children as potential carriers of infection. Please refer to the guidance provided by Health Protection Scotland.

NHS Nation Services Scotland (NSS) has set a helpline to deal with social care supplies during COVID-19.   

At the moment, this helpline is to be used only in cases where there is an urgent supply shortage and a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. This will be reviewed regularly in the coming days and weeks. 

The following contact details will direct providers to the NHS NSS triage centre for social care:

  • phone: 0300 303 3020 

When contacting the helpline, providers will be required to:

  • answer a series of short screening questions 
  • confirm they have fully explored business as usual procurement routes
  • confirm they have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and therefore have a need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • provide their Care Inspectorate registration number.

The helpline will be open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

What about people supported in their own homes – sharing with one or more other person? Should we be restricting visitors here? How do we do this in people’s own homes?

Where people receive care at home providers should discuss with people their own situation, and the need to protect themselves, by providing them with relevant information and links to current guidance. The provider cannot stop people living in their own homes having contact with other people. Staff supporting people in their own homes should follow good infection control guidance and Health Protection Scotland guidance. Where people share a home, the provider should advise that when washing their hands, they use liquid soap or not to share a bar of soap, use a paper hand towel or have their own towel and not use shared hand towels.

If one person in the house self isolates, then all members of the house should self-isolate in line with government guidance. If people are advised to self-isolate, further guidance can be found here.

Our nursery has a planned visit to a local care home as part of our intergenerational project, should we cancel the visit?

Yes these visits should be postponed. You may wish to consider different approaches to keep the children and the older people connected during this time. You might want to send videos or write letters to keep each other up to date with your activities.

Should we be asking visitors to disclose if they have had any cold, flu, coughs or, for instance, if they have travelled to affected regions?

It would be reasonable to ask these questions to inform your risk assessment and to have clear guidance for visitors displaying this and sending to people. Please refer to the Scottish Government’s clinical guidance for more information.


Care Homes and Care at Home

Should we suspend any new admissions, including those to intermediate care beds?

It is important we continue to provide care for older people in care homes and allow people to move out of hospital. This will allow the hospitals to be utilised to support people with coronavirus COVID-19 who need hospital treatment. However, this decision is one for each provider or service and they should follow normal infection control guidelines and check Health Protection Scotland’s guidelines.

Is it okay for people to be eating in the communal dining rooms?

If people are well, this should still be available to them. If people are symptomatic with cold or flu symptoms, then alternative arrangements would be made with reference to your current practice during ‘flu season’.

Health Protection Scotland advice states that people with symptoms potentially should be restricted to their room where possible, still supported by staff. This may be difficult in care services and staff need to assess the risk and put arrangements in place. Some care homes have identified units in the home for caring for people with symptoms.

Care homes should consider current guidance on the principle of social distancing which is two metres. This may include staggering mealtimes to reduce number of people eating in the dining room at any given time or encouraging people to eat in their rooms. Staggering the times of meals will allow staff to provide individual support to people in their rooms.

If the advice is to self-isolate, this may be difficult for individuals in a care home or supported in a shared domestic home to understand and adhere to. What do we do to safeguard the person, others who live there and staff?

Try and minimise the size of groups, encourage people to limit where they walk and areas they use. Increase cleaning frequency of frequently touched surfaces.

Where people are supported in their own homes, how do we ensure the safety of staff and of other people who use the service that staff are going on to visit?

You should follow standard infection prevention measures. Staff should already be aware of and implementing standard infection control measures. Further guidance is available from Health Protection Scotland.

 

Childminders

As a childminder, do I need to change my hand washing practice during the outbreak?

We are supporting Health Protection Scotland to get the message out about good hand hygiene as the most important aspect of preventing the spread of infection. Resources to use with children are available within the guidance for educational settings.

It is important to supervise children appropriately to ensure they are adopting good practice. Most children really enjoy singing songs as a guide for how long to keep scrubbing for 15 – 20 seconds.

There is also a range of resources available for children from the NHS:

We recommend that you follow the guidance and use paper towels during this time. Where this is not possible, we ask that you provide individual towels for children and increase the frequency of laundering towels to minimise the risk of spreading infection.

You can also refer to the Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding Settings) guidance for good practice around hygiene.

Lots of children have coughs and colds around this time of year. How will I know if they should be excluded because they could have the virus?

We understand the anxiety around coughs and colds at the moment. Good infection control procedures are essential to limiting the spread of infection. Children who are unwell should not be in nursery, in line with usual procedures. Information from Health Protection Scotland states that the virus presents as a fever, and cough. Where children have these symptoms, the advice should be to stay at home.  You can access information from NHS Inform about when to stay at home and how long for.

What if a child attending my service is confirmed as having the virus, can I tell the other parents?

You should not breach confidentiality of your families without express consent.  Where there is a confirmed case the local health protection team will want to contact any close contacts of the children. This may include staff or the childminder and any assistants. Dependent upon individual situations, family members may also be included. You will be guided by your local health protection team who are well prepared to support this type of situation.

We have children attending our service who have underlying health conditions, how do we ensure they are protected?

Following good practice in relation to infection prevention and hand hygiene are key to ensuring all children’s wellbeing. We understand the concern that providers have about the children attending their services, particularly young babies and those with underlying health conditions. Health Protection Scotland recommend that these children do not attend services. If you have any queries about specific children we would encourage you to discuss this with their parents in the first instance and direct them to the NHS inform advice.

Our service provides care to staff from frontline medical or emergency services, will we get special dispensation to stay open should the government decide to close schools and childcare?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for childminding services

The Scottish Government has also published guidance setting out what childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to key workers during closures of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.

 

Registration - Adult / Children & Young People Services

Can I admit people under 65yrs to a care home for Older People?

Yes, please use the new notification added to eforms for ‘Changes to service delivery Coronavirus (COVID-19)'. Further information is available in our Registration Contingency Guidance

Services should use guidance from Health Protection Scotland to inform their decision making.

Can we still admit people for respite care to Care Homes?

Yes, providers should carry out the usual assessment of need. If the service can meet the person’s needs they should risk assess the implications in relation to Coronavirus as they would for any new admission.

Services should use guidance from Health Protection Scotland to inform their decision making.

What is the Care Inspectorate position regarding opening an unused area / unit / additional premise to support individuals fit to leave hospital but awaiting a care package with a view to freeing up hospital beds? 

Please refer to our Registration Contingency Guidance

We provide a Day Care Service for Adults. During the crisis can we also provide an outreach service? 

Yes, just submit a variation under your day care service to request a change to condition 1 to extend the service to people in the wider community. Confirm in your application that you have carried out the relevant risk assessments and adapted relevant procedures to suit the environment such as infection control, lone working etc.

 

Registration - Early Learning and Childcare

Can we provide a service where staff care for children in the child's own home?

If your setting wishes to be involved in the introduction or supply of child carers to families to care for children in the child's own home you should apply for a variation to your current conditions of registration. Further information is available in our Registration Contingency Guidance

 

Confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 tests

What should we do if someone has tested positive or has symptoms consistent with coronavirus COVID-19?

What should we do if the person requires support, for instance medication, meal preparation or personal care?

Staff should follow good infection control guidance and put in place the guidance from Health Protection Scotland.

You will also find further guidance and information from Health protection Scotland here.

NHS Inform provide guidance on self-isolation. You can read this here.

 


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Coronavirus

Care Inspectorate guidance for services

Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information.  

Scottish Government monitoring uptake and provision of childcare places 

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the uptake and provision of places in early learning and childcare settings.  This includes private and third-sector all-day childcare services including nurseries, out of school care and childminders (not local authority settings). Information about local authority settings will be gathered on a separate survey.  

It is vital that these services complete this short online survey daily by 15:00 each day.  You can access the survey here.

It is acknowledged that many settings have now closed.  If your setting is closed, please submit the survey once.  If your setting becomes operational please complete this on a daily basis before 15:00.

Information will be collated by Scottish Government and alongside the local authority data, this will be used to monitor the level of provision during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your continued support with this is appreciated.

Scottish Government supplementary national child protection guidance (31 March 2020)

Scottish Government has written to key organisations with responsibilities around child protection to inform them of supplementary guidance now available to support them to carry out their duties during the COVID-19 emergency.

You can view the letter and guidance here

Guidance from Scottish Government - social distancing in education and childcare settings (updated 31 March 2020)

The Scottish Government has published guidance for organisations and their staff working in local authority, independent and grant-aided schools, other education and childcare settings that are providing care to vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Supporting people to keep in touch when care homes are not accepting visitors (updated 30 March 2020)

Where care homes are not accepting visitors, it is important that systems are put in place to enable people to keep in touch. This is a time of concern and worry for people about their loved ones and it is important that they can keep in touch. It is also important for the health and wellbeing of people who live in services to not feel abandoned by family and friends.

Download our supporting people to keep in touch when care homes are not accepting visitors guide.

SCLD coronavirus information for people with learning disabilities (updated 30 March 2020)

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has produced guidance for people with learning disabilities on the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.  This includes easy-read common questions and stay at home advice.

Find out more on their website here or join their Facebook group ‘SCLD stay in touch’, which is open to anyone. 

Guidance from the Scottish Government for early learning and childcare services (updated 27 March 2020)

The Scottish Government has issued new guidance: 

The following guidance has also been updated: 

Update following guidance for childminders (updated 26 March 2020)

Following the distribution of the Scottish Government guidance which sets out the implications for childminding services on 25 March 2020, there has been a request for clarification in relation to the number of households childminders can support at any one time and over the week.

In relation to this, the advice is that childminders should care for the children of no more than two households (in addition to the childminder’s own household) at any one time. Where childminders are working with more than two families over the course of the week, it is advised that they consider additional cleaning measures to reduce risk of transmission via surfaces and equipment.

We hope this provides clarification to support childminders continue to provide that critical childcare during this period.

You can download the guidance here

Advice note for practitioners from the Mental Welfare Commission (updated 26 March 2020)

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic.

In light of this, and in anticipation of emergency legislation currently going through Parliament, they have produced this advice note for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients.

Guidance for childminders (updated 25 March 2020)

The Scottish Government has issued guidance which sets out the implications for childminding services.

NHS NSS triage centre for social care (updated 24 March)

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has set up a helpline to deal with social care supplies during COVID-19.   

At the moment, the helpline is to be used only in cases where there is an urgent supply shortage and a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This will be reviewed regularly in the coming days and weeks. 

Care service providers can reach the NHS NSS triage centre by calling 0300 303 3020.

When contacting the helpline, providers will be required to:

  • answer a series of short screening questions 
  • confirm they have fully explored business as usual procurement routes
  • confirm they have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and therefore have a need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • provide their Care Inspectorate registration number.

The helpline will be open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Near Me – new guidance for care home settings (updated 23 March)

Near Me is a video consulting service that enables people to have health and social care appointments from home or wherever is convenient. All you need is a device for making video calls like a smartphone and an internet connection. Near Me is a secure form of video consulting approved for use by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. Guidance is available for care homes, residential homes, housing associations and hospices

Further guidance is also available for implementing Near Me in:

Closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings (updated 23 March)

The Deputy First Minister issued a letter on Thursday 19 March 2020 with an update on the closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings. You can read the letter here.

The Scottish Government has also published further information: 

Staffing in services during coronavirus outbreak (updated 20 March)

Child to adult ratios feature in our registration and inspection of early learning and childcare (ELC). However, for other service types, including care homes, the Care Inspectorate stopped issuing staffing schedules at the point of registering a service in 2018. Instead, we expect the staffing numbers, and skills and experience of staff to reflect the needs of people who use services. 

At this extremely challenging time, we will support all services in their need to apply flexibility and judgement around staffing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people using the service. We recognise that services will need to be creative and make use of a wider range of resources. This could potentially include staff from other public services and volunteers. We recognise that this will mean services may not be able to undertake all normal recruitment checks as quickly and easily as they did before. 

However, during this period it is important that providers put in place structures to support and oversee staff in their role, including any volunteers and unregistered staff. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering the social care workforce. People can work in registrable roles for a period of 12 months without being registered, which enables services to adopt a flexible approach.

You can view the SSSC Guidance here.

This highlights the six-month period after starting work to obtain registration. This applies to:

  • new staff you might recruit
  • workers covering other roles due to staff shortages
  • students who seek work to help with shortages.

Registration and variations to registration (updated 20 March)

We intend to be flexible around our registration practice where we may have to register different facilities as time goes on. We will prioritise our registration work to support the national response and the sustainability of services.

For:

  • registered services that are in premises already registered

or

  • temporary new services set up as an emergency response and provided in a place that members of the public normally visit with a reasonable expectation of being safe, for example, a church, church hall, faith group premises, school, school hall, community centre, library, town hall, restaurant, or other licensed premises

We will issue without a registration or variation visit or payment of a fee, a registration certificate with conditions for a period of up to six months provided:

a) the provider has completed an application form with information about the service to be provided, including staffing and premises safety

b) there are no concerns in relation to the provider or staff group

c) the provider/applicant confirms in writing any further information we require.

We will give all such applications immediate priority.

Care Inspectorate Registration Contingency Plan

Revised notification guidance (updated 19 March)

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, we have revised our notifications guidance with immediate effect and until further notice. Every service registered with the Care Inspectorate must complete a notification of ‘Outbreak of Infectious Disease’ via their eForms account.

Services must notify us within 24 hours if someone using the service has:

  • a suspected case of COVID-19
  • a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • died due to COVID-19.

We do not require to be notified about staff or self-isolation. 

We may share the notification information with third parties as required to assist with emergency and contingency planning, and to monitor the virus spread in care services.

You should inform your health and social care partnership or local authority.

You can download our revised guidance below:

Inspections, complaints, and joint inspections (updated 13 March)

The Care Inspectorate has a duty to consider carefully how best to support care services in the vital work they do caring for vulnerable people. 

We have already taken the decision to cease our inspections of care services and our joint inspections of local authority social work services and health and social care partnerships at this time, and put in place arrangements which will involve gathering information, assessing the level of risk in care services and establishing assurances about the quality of care people experience. 

In order to protect the safety and wellbeing of people experiencing care we are only making visits to services when that is absolutely necessary.  

We are also operating in a similar way to deal with complaints about care. 

Inspection reports and complaint outcomes which are in progress will be placed on hold until further notice. 

Anyone with a concern about a care service should, in the first instance, raise this with the manager of the service. The Care Inspectorate will consider complaints and will apply a risk assessment that may result in complaints being referred to the service provider.  

Further information

Information is available on the NHS Inform website. The key messages for Scotland are:   

  • As part of the Scotland-wide, coordinated response to coronavirus, NHS 24 provides the most up to date information and advice here.  
  • NHS 24 has also set up a dedicated helpline for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but are seeking information. The helpline number is 0800 028 2816 and is available Monday to Friday, 0800 to 1000, Saturday and Sunday, 0900 to 1700. 
  • People who have travelled to an affected area and have symptoms of a cough, fever or difficulty breathing should stay at home and phone their GP (family doctor), or call NHS 24 on 111 if their GP surgery is closed.
  • People with general questions are advised to visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus in the first instance. This is the quickest and easiest way to get information and it also means that the 111 service is able to help those people with more immediate clinical need. NHSinform includes an interactive self-help guide where people can answer a few simple questions on line to assess whether they need to seek further help or advice by telephone.
  • There is a communications toolkit with information for health and care settings to download, share and print  – please be aware that this is updated as the situation develops so should be checked frequently. Please use the latest version in your setting and update if required. 

NHS 24 has active Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels that are the official social feeds for Coronavirus in Scotland. You can follow these from the links below. 

Health Protection Scotland has also produced information and guidance which should be useful and this is updated at regular intervals.

The Scottish Government summary of response arrangements for coronavirus in Scotland can be found here.   

Other guidance

NHS Inform has published guidance leaflets and posters in a variety of different languages and easy-read format. You can download these from their website here  


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Brexit

The UK (including Scotland) will leave the European Union on 31 January 2020.  There will be a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  This process is known as 'Brexit'.

Brexit may affect the way we live in Scotland and this could include changes to health and social care.

The Care Inspectorate is working with the Scottish Government and all other key stakeholders to prepare for these potential impacts, including producing up-to-date information on how Brexit may affect health and social care provision.

Not all information is available at this time. Regular updates will be made to this page as new information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

The Care Inspectorate expects all care services in Scotland to continue to deliver high-quality care that meets people's needs and respects their rights and choices, as laid out in Scotland's Health and Social Care Standards.

We recognise that this is a time of uncertainty and challenge. We will continue to support care services across Scotland to meet the needs of people who rely on them. We want everyone in Scotland to experience high-quality care and we are committed to supporting care services to achieve this.

Medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables

Brexit does not affect anyone’s rights to health and social care, including GP and hospital services. However, there may be extra pressure on these services if the Brexit transition period ends before an EU trade deal has been agreed (a 'no deal' situation).

In a 'no deal' situation there are likely to be new delays at the UK border, which may reduce normal levels of supplies of:

  • some medicines
  • medical devices (instruments and other equipment used in hospitals and other health and social care settings)
  • clinical consumables (disposable or short life goods used in hospitals and other health and social care settings).

The Scottish Government, together with Welsh Government and the Administration in Northern Ireland, has been working with the UK Government to seek to maintain supplies as close to normal as possible.

Drug companies have stockpiled medicines in the UK that are normally transported here from other EU countries and the NHS has stockpiled other medical supplies. These stockpiles provide an extra six weeks of supply compared to normal levels. In addition, in the event of a 'no deal', medical supplies will be given priority for entry into the UK.

Shortages do sometimes happen in the NHS and there are systems in place to inform GPs and pharmacists about any issues. Advice is also given to GPs and pharmacists about alternative products that can be prescribed to replace any of these products where supply is short. This means that:

  • clinicians should not write longer NHS prescriptions than normal
  • people should not stockpile medicines at home: this can be unsafe anyway and could cause disruptions to supply.

For more information, please read the Scottish Government's update on medicine supplies. This includes contingency plans being developed by NHS National Services Scotland and the Scottish Government for continued supply of medical devices and clinical consumables, including to the social care sector, in the event of disruption.

The health and social care workforce

EU nationals play a valuable role in providing health and social care services in Scotland. They have always been, and will continue to be, very welcome in Scotland. EU citizens currently living in Scotland will continue to be able to access health and social care.

EU citizens should be able to continue working as they do now but will need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. To be eligible to apply to the Settlement Scheme, EU citizens will need to show they are resident in the UK by December 2020.

The Scottish Government’s EU citizens living in Scotland page gives the latest information on this, including details on how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

In relation to professional registration, in a ‘no deal’ scenario non-UK EU staff will not need to do anything and will remain on the register for as long as they continue to meet all the normal requirements of continued registration.

Citizens Advice Scotland is also delivering a support and advice service for all citizens resident in Scotland with more complex needs or particular challenges who are affected by the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. Part of the service is a full-time national helpline available on 0800 916 9847. More information is available on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.

The gov.scot site also contains information about Brexit in:

  • Español (Spanish)
  • Français (French)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • Polski (Polish)

Concerns

If providers have any particular concerns about how Brexit may impact their ability to deliver care, we advise they contact their relevant local authority/health and social care partnership.

More information

More details on health and social care after Brexit will be added to this page as new information is available.

Meanwhile, there are several other sites that you can check for more information and updates:

  • Preparing for withdrawal from the European Union - Audit Scotland paper focusing on how the Scottish public sector has been preparing for EU withdrawal. It highlights ongoing issues, potential risks and features some examples of activity that public bodies have undertaken to date.
  • EU Exit Briefing for Scottish Care Members – This briefing serves as a guidance for social care providers to prepare for any adverse impacts that could result from Brexit. This document details simple steps that social care providers can take to ensure that necessary preparation is undertaken to meet their obligations and responsibilities.
  • mygov.scot/brexit – Information from the Scottish Government on Brexit and how it may affect people and businesses in Scotland.
  • Brexit Vulnerability Index Map – Find out how communities across Scotland may be affected by Brexit with this interactive map produced by Scottish Government. This map can be used to help local authorities and other organisations prepare for Brexit. 
  • prepareforbrexit.scot – The website is a resource for all businesses in Scotland to continue to actively prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

 


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