Research passports and honorary contracts

Hi everyone,

I work as an HR advisor at NHS Blood and Transplant, and I am currently reviewing the use of honorary contracts here. Whilst doing some research, I came across the research passport forms used by researchers from universities coming into NHS trusts.

 For those who aren't familiar with the concept, research passports are a way of simplifying the pre-employment checks necessary to award researchers honorary contracts. These researchers have a substantive contract with the university, but conduct their research at the NHS.

 I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience using research passports for this (or any other) purpose. Are they an effective way of simplifying the process of honorary contract recruitment, or are the check done by the universities insufficient? 

Any information or guidance anyone can give would be greatly appreciated, many thanks in advance

Kind regards,

 Richard Brookes 

  • Hi Richard

    This is something that was used at the NHS organisation I used to work for.  I would receive the Research Passports and write by response confirming the authorisation and duration that this was valid for etc

    I am not able to comment on whether they simplify the intial process of honorary recruitment.  Unless I have misunderstood, the only thing I can suggest is that you try to contact one of the universities direct and ask them.

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