Research Passport and HR arrangements
Research Passports streamline HR arrangements for researchers working across NHS organisations.
If you wish to conduct research involving NHS patients, data or facilities, in addition to NHS R&D permission for your project, you may need to be covered by an appropriate HR agreement with the NHS organisation hosting your research. The type of HR agreement needed will be confirmed during the NHS permissions process and may include:
- An honorary research contract
- A letter of access
The Research in the NHS: HR Good Practice Resource Pack (the Resource Pack) describes streamlined HR arrangements (including the Research Passport System and NHS to NHS arrangements) for those wishing to conduct research in the NHS and was introduced by the Government, alongside several other measures to improve the research environment and, make it quicker and easier to begin approved studies.
This initiative simplifies administrative procedures when issuing honorary research contracts and letters of access to researchers, and presents a simplified approach for sharing details of the pre-engagement checks that researchers have undergone with the NHS.
If you have any concerns about local implementation please contact the CSP Team.
The majority of the Trusts within the CLRN have agreed a standard data set that is required from external HEI’s researchers who already have a validated Research Passport. The researcher would need to provide
- A copy of the validated Research Passport
- A copy of the appropriate CRB
- A copy of the Occupational health Clearance
- An up to date CV that is dated and signed
- Photographic ID that should be shown to the relevant contact at the Trust (R&D Dept/Local Research Manager/Local Clinical Lead) to prove the external researcher are who they say they are.