The Research Passport Scheme is a system for issuing Honorary Research Contracts (HRCs) or Letters of Access (LoAs) to researchers coming to the NHS to undertake research who do not otherwise have a contractual relationship with the NHS.
The Research Passport provides evidence of the pre-engagement checks undertaken on the researcher in line with NHS Employment Check Standards. It allows for the evidence to be shared by different NHS Organisations, thus reducing duplication and unnecessary administrative burden.
If you wish to conduct research involving NHS patients, staff, data or facilities, in addition to NHS Permission for your project, you may need to be issued with a Letter of Access or an Honorary Research Contract at the NHS organisation hosting your research. The type of HR agreement needed will depend on the type of research and the level of your involvement in it. Please discuss these arrangement with the relevant R&D Department during the NHS Permission application process.
Further information on the scheme is available in the Research in the NHS: HR Good Practice Resource Pack.
All Member Organisations within London (North West) CLRN are signed up to the Research Passport Scheme. For project specific queries, please contact the individual R&D Department supporting you in the study set up.
For general queries or to discuss the Scheme in the broader context, please contact the CLRN at firstname.lastname@example.org