Brexit’s potential impact on science and engineering discussed at influential meeting

THE potential impact of Brexit on migration in the science and engineering community was the subject of a round table discussion which was attended by IPEM.

Organised by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), of which IPEM is a member, it was attended by a host of other professional bodies who were able to air their concerns to officials from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Dr Jemimah Eve, IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit Manager, used the opportunity to:

  • Highlight workforce shortages and deficiencies in training places, and state that relatively high percentages of overseas staff are required to deliver safe clinical services.
  • Present the fact that in some clinical services, staff from EU countries make up some 20 – 30 per cent of the workforce. Radiotherapy physics and nuclear medicine physics (science and practitioner) are all on the National Shortage Occupation List (NSOL), and it is essential that services are able to continue to employ EU and other overseas staff in order to continue to be able to deliver services.
  • Comment that by being able to draw from a wide talent pool, enhanced diversity of thought, experiences and training and the resulting cross-fertilization of ideas greatly enhances both clinical services and research.

Other contributors commented that proposed visa requirements do not adequately recognise the contribution of scientists, with the salary threshold of £35,000 for a Tier 2 visa being unduly high for a post-doctoral researcher, or indeed many professional staff, and that not all NSOL occupations are exempt from this threshold.

The application process, for both EU citizens currently resident in the UK and intending to secure permanent residency and for those from the rest of the world, was highlighted as being unduly complicated and time consuming. In order to secure the future of science and engineering in the UK, the officials from BEIS heard this needs to be improved.

Dr Eve told the meeting that from the perspective of Clinical Scientists, at present Health and Care Professions Council registration is facilitated through European Mutual Recognition (Directive 2005/36/EC) and security over the recognition of professional qualifications would be beneficial. 

Posted: Mar 28, 2017,
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Author: Sean Edmunds


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