Vitae Professionals

The 12th of December 2019 will have it´s place in UK’s history. This was the day when Boris Johnson and the Conservatives won commanding majority with a striking victory over the Labour Party (365 seats in the House of Commons, versus 203).


Boris has now the power to make Brexit happen. After winning the parliamentary elections with an absolute majority, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom reports a possible exit from the European Union by January 31st 2020



Johnson realizes that leaving the EU without an agreement would exclude the possibility to maintain the proposed transition period (until the end of 2020) and that an abrupt exit would affect people, goods, services and capital. That’s why we believe there will be an agreement. 


But let’s focus on facts and in what we know that will effectively happen.


Since the 2016 referendum, which has shown favorable results on the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union, one consistent question is:

What will happen to the European citizens that are already living in the UK?

Uncertainty is real, but one thing we know for sure: European citizens who were already in the UK before Brexit (31 January 2020), will be able to maintain their current rights of residence and access to public services.


Until this date, all Europeans will enter the UK normally and those who are already living there will be able to keep their normal lives.


Regarding this, we have some advice for you.


If you are a Nurse…

We advise all nurses who aim to pursue an international career in the UK to move to the country before 31 January 2020. As you know, from this date on, the free movement of European citizens may be restricted, which can have a huge impact on your moving.

So: if you are already in a recruitment process, try to set your start date before January 31st. On the other hand, if you have already worked in the country and are planning to return, this is the right time to contact us. We have positions all over the UK in all areas and one will surely fit you!


Recall: the transitional period, which would last until 31 December 2020, is still an uncertainty and we need to be as practically as possible according to the data we have so far.


If you are na Allied Health Professional…

Changes will only happen in case of a hard Brexit. In this situation, IELTS or OET exams will probably be mandatory, but we really believe in an agreement and that the HCPC registration will remain as it is today.

In both scenarios, we were absolutely assured by our clients that professionals from Europe will always be welcome and will be fully supported in the process that may be implemented to ensure their rights to reside and work in the UK.


Employers support:

There’s a heavy reliance on foreign labor by the NHS - and it’s been growing. Between 2000 and 2019, the proportion of employees born outside the United Kingdom has almost doubled. 

Therefore, these are the guarantees we have from the Employers:

When it comes to healthcare, UK employers deeply value European professionals. They will ensure that they will continue to have a place on their teams and will do their best in order to continue receiving healthcare professionals from all over Europe.


Permanent Residence Statute:

One of Brexit's principles is that permanent resident status will be granted to citizens who are living or have lived for 5 consecutive years in the United Kingdom. Citizens who have lived in the country for less than five years will receive a provisional title until the necessary time is up.

Attention! You will receive permanent resident status if you:

· Began to reside in the United Kingdom until the country leaves the EU without agreement;

· Have lived in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years (known as “continuous residence”).

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OET Preparation:

The Occupational English Test, also known as OET, is an international English test that assesses the language skills of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practice in English speaking countries. This exam focuses on the assessment of the four key language skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is currently required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and may be required by the The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the future as well.


Besides being specialized in the placement of healthcare professionals abroad, Vitae Professionals is proud to present itself as a recognized language training entity for healthcare professionals. Our OET preparation course has an 85% success rate, so we are perfectly able to help you overcoming this challenge.


Learn more about our preparation course here:


We can only wait for news about Brexit. At that time we will publish a new article with all the important considerations. Until then - and if there are any questions we can help you with - please contact us at

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