How to become a healthcare sponsor in the uk

Aug 16, 2017
Paul Johnson

In the context of healthcare, a sponsor is an employer, an institution, a company or group of organizations that establishes and supports a healthcare plan. These include employer-sponsored group, disability policy, accident insurance for the benefit of the organization’s employees. Health care sponsors take on the responsibility of launching, managing and financing health care services.

Every healthcare sponsorship in the UK is expected to be well represented by the National Health Service (NHS). This is so because the NHS is one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

There are specific details you should know to become a healthcare sponsor in the UK:

  • You must be sure that your service supports the principles and values of the NHS
  • You will also need a sponsor license if you are going to employ somebody out of the European Economic Area (EEA) into your organization. This license enables employers to apply for the relevant Certificate of Sponsorship
  • After being granted a sponsorship license, as an employer, you’ll be given access to the sponsor management system (SMS) which enables them to issue a Certificate of sponsorship to non- EEA workers.
  • Choose the type of license you want to apply for (this will depend on what kind of health worker you wish to sponsor).
  • Decide who will manage sponsorship within your provision

If your application is successful, you will be given a license rating valid for four years.

In employing overseas trained nurses and other healthcare personnel, you might have to pay an additional charge for each foreigner you hire. It is called an immigration skills charge. You will be required to pay this when you sponsor a foreigner to work. This is one of the provisions of Tier 2 of the Points Based System.

Tier 2 of the Points Based System is the method of visa application for applicants coming to or staying in the UK to work for an employer who is sponsoring them.

Employers also have several responsibilities that they must adhere to when sponsoring someone under a UK visa. You must check, and have proof that the foreign workers you want to sponsor do have the necessary skills and qualifications for the job.

If an application has been successful, the final step will be to pay online. Employers will only be required to pay for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) at the point it is assigned to the individual. The Certificate of sponsorship will become available to be assigned from within the restricted section of the employer’s SMS account.

In becoming a sponsor also, there are some record-keeping duties required of you for your sponsored workers.

  • A copy of the identification page of the applicant’s passport.
  • UK immigration status document if not in the passport
  • A copy of Migrants Biometric Residence Card
  • Migrant’s contact details
  • Copy of the Migrant’s National Insurance Number

The UK Visas and Immigration should also be informed of the following:

  • If a sponsored migrant does not turn up for his or her first day of work
  • If a sponsored migrant is absent from work for more than ten working days, without the sponsor’s reasonably granted permission
  • If a sponsored migrant’s period of employment has ended as a result of the migrant resigning or being dismissed
  • If any registration that the sponsored migrant needs to work in the UK (such as with a governing body) is ended
  • If the sponsor stops sponsoring the migrant for any other reason (e.g. if the migrant moves into another immigration route that does not require a sponsor)