Brexit will likely have a big impact on all sectors of life, healthcare not excluded. However, any changes will only take effect once the withdrawal has been finalised, and it has been decided exactly what the UK’s relationship with the EU will be. Therefore the exact nature of these changes is not known. Brexit will not take complete effect until august 2018, about two years from now, so up until then, things are expected to remain relatively normal.

This being said, two years is not a very long time, and we are already seeing a negative impact on the UK economy as a result of the vote to leave. The pound has decreased 12% compared to the dollar and UK companies and International investors alike are becoming more and more conservative in anticipation of the changes expected in the next two years.

In this post, we look forward, investigating the potential impact Brexit might have on the UK healthcare sector.

More money for the NHS?
Before the leave referendum, it was promised by the “leave” side that the money paid by the UK to the EU, would be used to build hospitals or even increase the NHS budget. Boris Johnson and Michael Gove explicitly stated that Brexit could free up approximately £8 billion each year which could be spent on the NHS.

However, this promise was quickly withdrawn, after the vote. Nigel Farage, said that he could not guarantee that the money saved by pulling out of the EU, will be funnelled to the NHS or any healthcare initiatives. Moreover, we now know that the estimate of £8 billion is false, since the UK also gets money back from the EU. Currently, we believe that the UK paids the EU around £150 million a week.

With no guarantees of extra funds, the NHS will necessarily suffer if the UK economy continues in its downward spiral. If the pound continues to devalue, the government will be forced to cut down spend on the NHS, and public healthcare facilities will need to deal with increasing financial restrictions, causing some staff to be laid off and increasing the pressure on staff members who are kept around.

International Professionals working for the NHS
The NHS relies heavily on professionals recruited from other European nations. Currently, nearly 5% of NHS nursing workforce consists of international nurses. The fate of these international healthcare practitioners working in the NHS is not certain. We do not yet know if they will be asked to leave the UK, but we can be sure there will be more restrictions on their entering and working in the country.

Aging nurses and physicians means that UK is predicted to face a staffing crisis in the healthcare sector in the next five to ten years. Statistics show that there are not enough new nurses, training in the UK, to replace aging nurses. With Brexit blocking the movement of qualified healthcare professionals from other European countries into the UK, where will the NHS find the nurses to fill the roles of retired healthcare professionals?

More focus should be put on training new nurses. Incentives such as bursaries, should be offered by the NHS. To block flow of trained nurses to other countries, there should be an investigation into what UK health facilities can offer these professionals to encourage them to continue working in the UK.

The future of the UK is uncertain, and the future of the NHS along with it. We are yet to see large scale impacts of Brexit, however, future NHS funding issues and possible healthcare staff shortages, should be investigated so that the lack of capital and human resources can be prevented.
It is common knowledge that the UK public school system is experiencing a severe lack of human resources. Headteachers at many schools throughout the country have said for many years that they are struggling to find teachers to fill positions at their schools. This is also not simply the problem of a few schools or regions. Nearly 80% of schools in the UK say that they are having trouble finding staff.

So what is the problem?
Recent investigations have revealed that an alarming number of teachers are leaving public schools, to work at independent UK schools or institutions abroad. According to the National Audit Office, the number of teachers who decide to leave their public school positions has grown by 11% over the past three years, from 2011 to 2014. Studies have also shown that up to 75% of teachers leave teaching before retirement.

Why are teachers leaving?
The number one cited reason for teachers leaving the profession is overwhelming workload and unreasonable accountability expectations. New regulations by Ofsted, in the last few years, have required teachers to keep track of each child’s progress and make sure that their teaching practices are helping the student make improvements by completing Ofsted progress charts.

This has meant growing admin and paperwork for teachers, which forces them to work extremely long hours. Coupled with the unmanageable class sizes, low pay and pressure to ensure that students are succeeding in the eyes of Ofsted, most teachers are exhausted and feel that the quality of their teaching is constantly under scrutiny. It is no wonder then that many teachers are leaving the profession.

What can be done
We believe the solution to the teacher shortage is rather simple. Ofsted processes and regulations must be reviewed. Clearly the current model is creating stress which is preventing teachers from doing their best work. The DfE, Ofsted and public schools need to work together to come up with a solution which is more sustainable, while still ensuring that each student’s academic progress is guaranteed.

Reforming the Ofsted progress system is the most important way to put a stop to the teacher shortage and it needs to happen sooner rather than later. However, it is also important to increase incentives for new teachers entering the profession, such as higher starting salaries for new graduates comparable to the starting salaries for new workers in other professions.

Education staffing agencies such as Saracens Recruitment will play a vital role in helping to solve the teacher shortage in public schools, by recruiting new teaching candidates as well as educators just getting back into teaching after a sabbatical. We know that schools are desperately seeking staff, so contact us today for swift staffing solutions.

About Us

Saracens Recruitment is a newly founded staffing agency, dedicated to providing high quality, low cost recruitment services for the education and healthcare industries. With over two decades of experience, we provide in depth industry insights and personal service to all our clients and applicants. It is our goal to finding a job, easy and stress free for teachers, nurses, carers and assistants and to make recruitment simple and effective for schools, colleges, nursing homes and clinics. We aim to bring excellent staff and leading teaching and medical organisations together.


We find our clients the right candidates for the role, at a price which suits them best. Our safety standards are above protocol, and we run through professional and personal background checks on all our candidates. All our candidates also undergo a face to face interview, before we recommend them to any of our clients. We guarantee that all our international candidates are fully legal and safe to work in schools and hospitals, by checking their local police records and ensuring that their visas are up to date.


If you are a education or healthcare professional, you can trust our team to find you your next great job. Whether you are looking for a teaching, nursing or caring position, we go the extra mile to find you a role which meets your requirements, quickly and without unnecessary fuss. Contact us at any time, even outside office hours, to apply, or to ask questions about our application and registration processes. We provide your own personal consultant who will act as your dedicated recruitment guide.


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