Preparing for EU Exit

Preparing for EU Exit

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading the response to EU Exit across the health and care sector. DHSC is also the key contact for the sector with the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and the Cabinet Office. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working closely with DHSC to best prepare the NHS.

DHSC has produced EU Exit Operational Guidance which outlines the actions that providers and commissioners of health and social care services should take to prepare for, and manage, the risks of a no-deal exit scenario.

Please keep an eye on these web pages as in the coming weeks we will be publishing specific information on the key areas of work listed below:

  • Continuity of supply
  • Workforce
  • Reciprocal healthcare and overseas cost recovery
  • Clinical Trial Studies and European Reference Networks (ERNs)
  • Data

Professor Keith Willett, Director of Acute Care and Strategic Commander for EU Exit, NHS England wrote to clinical commissioning group (CCG) and trust Chief Executives on 4 February 2019 outlining the operational response that NHS England and NHS Improvement are undertaking at a national and regional level in preparation. Professor Willett’s letter also includes key contacts for NHS organisations.

We have put contingency plans in place to ensure the continued supply of medicines and other medical products and we are actively working with CCGs to ensure the right regulations, systems and processes are in place. This letter from Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England was issued to GPs, community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists on 18 January 2019. Information about the planning and contingency measures that have been put in place for medical devices and clinical consumables has also been sent to Trusts on 11 February 2019.

The NHS England and NHS Improvement operational response will be based on enhancing our existing command and control protocols used in emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) in common with a unified approach agreed across Public Health England and NHS Blood and Transplant. These modes of operating, including our approach to information-gathering, assurance, and issuing direction and advice –  should already be familiar.

Information for patients and the public

We’re working closely with DHSC, patient groups and others to provide relevant information to patients and the public. Information for patients is available from

Specific enquiries should be directed to the DHSC, who can be contacted using the following details:

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0207 210 4850

Contact Form: General enquiries

Further information