Brexit – Information for doctors

The UK has left the European Union (EU) and we’ll now be in a transition period until 31 December 2020. 

Here is some information about what this means for doctors from Europe already working in the UK, and for those who may wish to do so in the future.

Where we refer to the European Economic Area (EEA) below, this includes all countries within the EU as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

What does the UK leaving the EU mean for doctors from Europe already on your register?

The registration status of any doctor from the EEA with provisional or full registration in the UK won’t be affected because of Brexit. You can continue practising as you do now, during and after the transition period.

If you have a different type of registration and if, following the transition period, we think your registration status may be affected, we'll contact you to discuss the options available to you.

How will EEA and Swiss doctors join the register now that a deal has been agreed?

As the UK and the EU have agreed a deal, we’ll now be in a transition period until 31 December 2020. There’ll be no change to how we register doctors during this transition period.

What happens after that will depend on the outcome of the negotiations throughout this period.

Over the past two years we’ve been working closely with the four UK health departments to make sure doctors wouldn’t be deterred from practising here, regardless of how the UK exited the EU. We’ll continue to do the same in the months ahead and do all we can to support the retention and flow of doctors into the UK.

How does this deal affect doctors from the UK who want to work in Europe?

During the transition period there should be no change in how you gain registration in EEA countries. What happens after that will depend on the outcome of the negotiations throughout this period.