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PROPERTY AND PROFESSIONAL Immigration – Settlement Scheme Are you an EU citizen residing in the UK? If so, you’re probably more than a little concerned about how Brexit will affect you and your family in the coming weeks. With Brexit ever looming, the United Kingdom is bracing itself for a tumultuous year ahead. There is so much uncertainty about how the UK will cope with severe staff shortages, particularly in the health and social care sector, which has suffered a steady decline over the recent years. Since the referendum in June 2016, the industry has struggled to retain much needed and cherished EU staff, many of whom have left our shores for a more secure future on the continent. At present, there is an estimated staff shortfall of approximately 100,000 staff within the sector. Industry heads are scrambling to hire qualified staff to meet ever increasing demands in the sector and the pressure seems to feel even more intense than ever before. It is further compounded by the fact that we are simply not producing enough homegrown healthcare professionals to keep up with demand.

It’s not all doom and gloom for EU nationals however. You and your family may be entitled to apply for the new EU settlement Scheme which has been introduced by the Government to allow you to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 under ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status if your application is successful. WHAT IS THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME? The EU Settlement Scheme was opened to applicants on 30 March 2019 to allow EU migrants living in the UK to continue doing so after the deadline on 30 June 2021. As of 1 July 2021, it will be mandatory for all EU citizens to hold UK immigration status in order to remain in the country and the scheme allows EU migrants and their families to apply for permanent residence in the UK. If your application is successful, you will be granted an Indefinite Leave to Remain status. WHO CAN APPLY? EU citizens who have lived in the UK for 5 consecutive years are entitled to apply for the Settlement Scheme. If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you may still apply for ‘presettled’ status. You will then be

Global Business Finance Global Business Finance was established over 29 years ago by the firm’s present senior partner, Mark Widdows, and since then has arranged over £1.8bn in loans for healthcare clients. The firm works exclusively in the care sector providing a very personalised service, as the firm knows every client is individual with individual requirements. Mark and his team spend time getting to know each of their clients in order that they can ensure all needs are met and the loan facility tailored to their client’s individual requirements. Global offers national coverage and with the sup-

able to make a settlement application once you have reached 5 years in the UK. Your immediate family members may also apply for the Settlement scheme if they have also lived in the UK for 5 consecutive years. Children under the age of 21 do not need to have lived in the UK for 5 consecutive years if their parent(s) are granted settled status. Aston Brooke Solicitors are leading specialists in Care home and Immigration matters. Our dedicated teams of solicitors are on hand to offer you the best advice regarding your settlement application. Give our team a call on 020 3475 4321 for more information about the EU Settlement Scheme or see the advert on the facing page.

port of email, fax, regular telephone conversations and face to face meetings the firm are able to put together a professional and comprehensive bank application. The bank managers that Global work with are all specialist healthcare managers who have extensive knowledge within the sector and fully understand the requirements of the clients that Global introduce. With over £1.8bn in completed care home loans you should strongly consider Global Business Finance to represent you for your next loan application. Reader Enquiries - Tel: 01242 227172 Email:

Signature Senior Lifestyle – Land Wanted Signature Senior Lifestyle is one of the leading providers of quality care home accommodation in the UK. Operating within the south east Signature currently own and operate 12 care homes, providing nearly 1,000 suites for its residents and employing over 1,300 staff members. As both developer and operator of its care homes, Signature has a long-term commitment to its sites and is dedicated to being a good neighbour and making a positive contribution to the local community and with the majority of Signature residents and staff coming from the local area around each home, there are benefits for the local economy and local housing supply, as exist-

ing family homes are released back onto the market. Due to our homes being registered with CQC (Care Quality Commission) we fall under Use Class C2 of the Town and Country Planning Act which dismisses us from making affordable housing contributions or provision. As a result of this, coupled with our high-density homes and low parking requirements we are able to offer generous land prices.

Keeping Care Compliant Helping care providers navigate their way through the numerous compliance requirements, the National Care Forum and Quality Compliance Systems have announced a new partnership. Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) is the leading expert in Compliance, quality assurance and care management. The organisation supports registered social care, dental and GP services to deliver outstanding care through the provision of bespoke, service specific management systems that meets all ongoing regulatory requirements. CEO of QCS Mat Whittingham said: “We are really excited about this partnership to help care providers stay compliant. Over 2,700 dedicated pages are reviewed and updated regularly in line with legislative and regulatory requirements, and Best Practice guidelines, by our team of experts. Furthermore, our Compliance Tools reflect the CQC`s changes to their Key Lines of Enquiries (KLOEs), enabling Social Care Providers to stay up to date with current CQC thinking and inspection frameworks. We also help care providers with operating effi-

We currently have a significant requirement for additional development land within the south east and would welcome exploring opportunities with land owners. We have a dedicated and experienced development team, capable of developing a variety of sites that most others wouldn’t, whilst generating high land values for owners. Should you be aware of an opportunity we would be delighted to talk to you and rest assured all correspondence will be dealt with in a friendly, professional and confidential manner. Visit us at or see the advert on this page.

ciently, such as creating systems that allows secure logins with different access permissions for staff; for instance, restricted access maybe needed for staff training purposes such as learning a new procedure. Our systems bespoke policies, procedures and management toolkits cover all areas of running a provider of care services.” NCF Executive Director, Vic Rayner said: “Ensuring Compliancy is probably one of the most time consuming aspects of running a care service for many of our members, and we are delighted to have partnered with QCS to help our members in this area. Reducing the time spent on paperwork and using systems that make procedures more efficient will free up manager and staff time to do what they do best – that is supporting the people that use the service. We are very much looking forward to working with QCS to share its knowledge and expertise with the NCF membership.” NCF members will have a great opportunity to meet QCS at the NCF Annual Conference 2019 – ‘Shaping the Agenda for Great Care’ on 5 June at The Tower Hotel, London. Non-NCF Members welcome. Book your place at

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The Carer #44 Spring 2019  

Issue #44 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Spring (April) 2019.

The Carer #44 Spring 2019  

Issue #44 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Spring (April) 2019.

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