Update on citizens’ rights and EU Settlement Scheme

Today the UK Government has published more details about the new scheme for EU citizens and their families, to allow them to continue living and working here as now after the UK leaves the EU.  This is an important step in delivering the reciprocal agreement with the EU.

The agreement recognises the valuable contribution that EU citizens make to the UK, and that UK nationals make to the EU.  We want EU citizens and their families who have made the UK their home to stay, and the process we are setting up will mean they can do so quickly and easily.

A simple and straightforward scheme will open later this year to enable EU citizens arriving before the end of 2020 to apply for their status.  Today’s publication includes the draft Rules for the scheme, as well as confirming that:

  • Applications will be via a short online process.
  • Most EU citizens will only need to prove their identity and demonstrate their residence in the UK. They will be required to declare whether they have any criminal convictions and we will check that they are not a serious or persistent criminal.
  • It will cost £65 and £32.50 for children under 16.
  • It will be free for those with valid documented permanent residence or valid indefinite leave to remain or enter.

A range of user-friendly guidance and support, including a customer contact centre, will be in place when the scheme launches to help citizens through the process and we are taking particular care that adequate support is in place for more vulnerable citizens.

The Immigration Rules for the scheme will be formally laid before Parliament later this summer and officials will be discussing the draft Rules with you at the next meeting of the Employers’ Representative Group.

As you know, the Home Office is also creating communications tools which employers, service providers and networks can use to help keep EU citizens informed.

EU citizens and their family members do not need to do anything now.  There will be no change to their current rights until the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020, and the deadline for applications to the scheme for those resident here by the end of 2020 will be 30 June 2021. The scheme will be phased in later this year and gradually open more widely until it is fully open, by the end of March 2019.

We greatly appreciate your continued support in communicating about the scheme and providing reassurance to EU citizens.  Please encourage EU citizens in your organisation and networks to visit GOV.UK and sign up to the UK Government email list to receive regular updates.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Nokes
Immigration Minister

Supporting People to Take Medications – Harrogate Providers Only

This one day face to face workshop style course is suitable for anyone in-volved in supporting people with medicines regardless of care setting i.e. sup-port workers in health and care, unpaid carers, volunteers and pharmacy assis-tants.

View the flyer here

OOMPH! Workshop

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre are holding an OOMPH! Workshop at Abbeyfields-The Dales in Ilkley on Wednesday 4th July 2018, 10:30-14:30. Please arrive from 10am for a 10:30 start. Thank you.

OOMPH! is an organisation who offer a unique approach that lifts the mood of not just the residents but the whole care home.

The session will provide you with an overview of the oomph wellness programme and give you ideas for creative activities and exercise classes that you can implement in your workplace. Come along to see how you can help your residents to live life to the full and make a positive difference.

This taster session can be booked directly on our Skills platform:

Please note that Lunch will not be provided. Due to limited car parking space it is advised to park in the Town’s main car park. Abbeyfields-The dales is a short walk up from the car park and a 5 minute walk from Ilkley Train/Bus Station:

 AbbeyFields-The Dales

12 Riddings Rd,


LS29 9BF

For further information please see video link below:

Or Contact the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre Team on:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre – For Harrogate Providers only.

Are you a care provider in the Harrogate District? If so you may be interested in knowing that WYHEC have released  their prospectus for the forthcoming year.

Click Here for more information

Do you feel like you spend too much time on recruitment, only to get poor applications, attendance and find that people don’t stay in post for long?

 Do you want to stem the flow of wasted resources in recruiting people that don’t stay in your organisation?

 Finding the right people for your roles initially, who have realistic expectations about working in adult social care, can save you time and money in the long run – and taking a values-based approach to your recruitment can help you do this.

Skills for Care is working with Care Alliance for Workforce Development and Health Education England to run a series of seminars, to support adult social care employers in North Yorkshire with their recruitment and retention.

  • Finding the right people for your organisation seminar will help you attract more candidates and learn the best ways to shortlist, interview and shortlist people who are right for your organisation.
  • Values based interviewing seminar will teach you an interviewing technique that will help you uncover a candidates personal values. 

Find dates and book your place now.

Demand for places is high so please book your place asap.

West Yorkshire Excellence Centre

The West Yorkshire Excellence Centre has obtained funding to provide training to health and social care organisations in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

The majority of the subjects on offer will be delivered through bite size training and reflect local priority areas as identified by employer stakeholders whilst aiming to support workforce development. Most of the training is aimed at staff in support roles, although a couple of interventions will enable organisations to build capacity and so will be appropriate for supervisors and registered staff.

The intention is to have some training available in all localities across West Yorkshire.  We are pleased to be able to offer the training free of charge to relevant staff in member organisations of the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre as a result of gaining no recurrent funding support from the Local Workforce Action Board.

In order to identify members and to be able to access the free training, the West Yorkshire Excellence Centre have introduced a no-cost member model. We hope that you will on behalf of colleagues in your organisation consider signing up to the attached agreement document which outlines the expectations of members and benefits.

The WYEC team look forward to receipt of your signed Member Agreement and look forward to on-going collaborative working with you.

Please send your completed agreements to the WYHEC email address

Membership Agreement


Provider Engagement Events

The 2018 Provider Engagement Events have now been scheduled.

You can view the schedule by clicking on the Provider Engagement Events link above.

Care Alliance for Workforce Development