Contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit

March 29, 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued further guidance for social care providers on contingency planning for a no-deal EU exit.

Adult social care providers and local authorities are being advised that if Parliament is unable to agree a deal, Britain will leave the EU without a deal on 12th April and the sector must continue to plan for the possibility of a no-deal outcome.

Further to the letter from the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage, on 26th February 2019 and letters from Jonathan Marron, Director General for Community and Social Care, on 15th March, providers have been issued another letter providing additional details about the National Supply Disruption Response. It also gives an update on the supply of a range of non-clinical goods and services.

The letter provides an update on:

  • National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR), which will co-ordinate between suppliers, health services and adult social care organisations and central government.
  • The Supply of Non-Clinical Goods and Services, including food, laundry, fuel and data.

It asks adult social care providers to follow their usual processes if they experience a problem with supply of a product, for example speaking with the supplier. If a resolution is not possible, providers can contact the NSDR, even if they are not clear whether the delay is directly related to EU Exit. The NSDR might be able to supply the product if it has been centrally stockpiled, or it might be able to work with suppliers to resolve the delays. Providers can contact the NSDR centre on 0800 915 9964 or

The letter also contains guidance on what to do to ensure providers are effectively managing supply issues, as well as information on contingency planning for a no-deal in terms of non-clinical goods and services; this includes goods/services such as IT (service agreements/ infrastructure), waste management, facilities management, service maintenance contracts, laundry services and food/catering.

If you have not received the full letter, email and a copy will be sent to you.

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