Continuity of care when moving across borders within UK

Sets out how responsible authorities should ensure continuity of care for adults who receive care and support and move to another country in the UK.


The government is committed to people being able to move to another local authority or health and social care trust area in the UK without them worrying that their care and support could be interrupted. New arrangements are set out in the Care Act 2015.

These principles aim to make continuity of care work across the UK’s borders by setting out clear values in good practice. Local authorities working together and involving the person moving should ensure that people can have confidence that their needs continue to be met when they move.

These principles have been produced by the Department of Health in collaboration with Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, Department of Health and Social Services in Wales, and the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate.