We know that you may have questions about how the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) will affect EU, European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and Swiss nurses, midwives and nursing associates working in the UK.

Below is some information that sets out what may occur in the event of a deal or no deal Brexit.

When we talk about EFTA nurses, midwives and nursing associates we mean people who are from Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

We want to reassure everyone that EU, EFTA and Swiss trained nurses, midwives and nursing associates working and living in the UK will continue to be registered with us if the UK leaves the EU. They will continue to be a highly valued part of the nursing and midwifery professions, delivering quality care to patients and the public regardless of whether or not the UK decides to leave the EU.

Please know that if you are on our register there is nothing more that you need to do. Your registration with us will not be affected if the UK leaves the EU.

If you are in the process of applying to register with us your application will continue to be processed.

If you would like more information please continue reading.

What a deal will mean 

If the UK and the EU agree a deal, we will enter into a transition period until December 2020.

During this time there will be no change to the way we register nurses, midwives and nursing associates from the EU, EFTA and Switzerland. There will also be no change to the way UK nurses, midwives and nursing associates can apply to register to work in other EU countries.

What a 'no-deal' will mean for people trained in the EU

If you are an EU qualified nurse, midwife or nursing associate you can still apply for registration with us.

The UK Government has agreed that general care (adult) nurses and midwives who hold EU automatic recognition qualifications gained before exit day, will have their qualification recognised by us and will not need to sit our test of competence.

This process will be in place for at least two years, and will be part of our overseas registration process.

If you are an EU trained children’s, mental health or learning disabilities nurse or a nursing associate you will also be required to apply for registration through our overseas registration process. However, you will be required to sit our test of competence before we can register you.

Read more information on this process for nurses and midwives
Read more information on this process for nursing associates.

What a no-deal will mean for people from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Swiss nationals

If you are from Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein (EFTA) the UK Government has agreed that you will be able to apply for registration through our overseas registration process if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

If you would like more information about the Government’s agreement with EFTA countries please visit the GOV.UK website.

If you are from Switzerland, the UK Government has agreed that you will be able to apply for registration through our overseas registration process or provide temporary and occasional services in the UK.

If you would like more information about the Government’s agreement with the Swiss Government please visit the GOV.UK website. Read more about the agreement.

Applying for settled status in the UK

If you’re an EU, EFTA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. For more information on how to UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme on the Home Office’s Visa and Immigration website.

If you are an Irish citizen, you will not need to apply for settled or pre-settled status as your rights are protected in the Common Travel Area agreement between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

What Brexit means for UK-trained nurses, midwives and nursing associates working or looking to work in the EU

If you are a UK-trained nurse, midwife or nursing associate and you are already registered by an EU member state your registration in that country will not be affected.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal and you want to apply for registration in an EU member state the process for doing this will remain unchanged throughout the transition period. The transition period will continue until December 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and you want to apply for registration in an EU member state you will most likely have to apply through that country’s international registration process. If you are looking to do this, we recommend that you contact the regulator in the country you wish to work in for further information.