EU Exit – What does it mean for you?

The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020 and began a period of transition which ends on 31 December 2020. The UK government has now reached an agreement with the EU as to the relationship beyond the end of the transition period.

The information on this page will help you understand how you and the NHS are impacted by the trade agreement with the EU and to assure you that we continue to do all we can to minimise disruption for our patients.

Medicines, medical devices, vaccines and workforce

Please continue to order your repeat medicines and medical devices and take your medicines as normal. It is important you don’t order more medicines than normal. If you do, it may mean that other people won’t be able to get their medicines.

National measures are in place to ensure that clinical and non-clinical goods and services that the NHS needs to function to continue to be available and that the NHS is able to maintain its staffing levels following EU Exit. Under UK legislation, qualifications of EU staff will continue to be recognised in the UK.

The NHS and Public Health England are also working together to ensure that vaccines will continue to be available as needed after 1 January 2021, this includes any COVID-19 vaccines.

If you are concerned or have any questions, please speak to your GP or Pharmacist.

Reciprocal care

A new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will be available from the New Year in recognition of the new agreement with the EU. This will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

The agreement the Government has reached with the EU ensures that UK residents will continue to have access to emergency and necessary healthcare cover when they travel to the EU. This will operate like the current EHIC scheme. However, people will still be able to use their EHIC after 1 January when travelling to the EU. Current cards will remain valid until their expiry date.

EU nationals living in the UK will still be able to access NHS care after the 31 October but EU visitors will be charged for accessing NHS care when new charging regulations come into force on 31 October.

Your data

Your data and information will continue to be covered by GDPR, so staff and organisations will continue to handle data as they currently do.

The agreement the government has reached includes a provision to provide for the continued free flow of personal data from the EU and EEA EFTA States to the UK until adequacy decisions are adopted, and for not longer than six months. The UK has, on a transitional basis, deemed the EU and EEA EFTA States to be adequate to allow to for data flows from the UK.

Our data protection officer has put in place safeguards to ensure that any data held by the CCG continues to flow to and from the UK and the EEA after the end of this transition period which will safeguard against any interruption of the free flow of data from the EU.

Further information

Where to find further information

Patient-facing messages will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the appropriate section – please use the search bar and type in ‘Brexit’.

NHS Confederation regularly publishes EU Exit updates. This information is targeted at people who provide or commission (plan and fund) NHS services.

Check you’re ready for 2021

The Brexit transition website contains detailed information on how individuals can expect to be impacted by the UK’s deal with the EU and how best to prepare for it, including information for those with a business and for EU nationals living in the UK.

Information for those planning on travelling

The Government has published healthcare advice for UK travellers travelling to countries within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.