P_HR_61 Research Passport and Honorary Research Contracts Policy

 The Research Passport is a document which is the mechanism for non NHS staff to obtain an Honorary Research Contract (HRC) or Letter of Agreement (LoA). This policy has been devised by Trent Collaborative Local Research Network on behalf of its member organisations to ensure that all organisations are working to the National Guidelines. Consultation has been undertaken with HR and R&D leads from all member organisations of the Trent CLRN.

The Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care Version 2 2005(RGF) requires that all research conducted is safe, of high quality and undertaken by appropriately qualified individuals and that a researcher not employed by any NHS organisation who interacts with individuals in a way that has direct bearing on the quality of their care should hold an NHS honorary contract.

The Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care Version 2 2005(RGF) requires that:

all research conducted is safe, of high quality and undertaken by appropriately qualified individuals.

a researcher not employed by any NHS organisation who interacts with individuals in a way that has direct bearing on the quality of their care should hold an NHS honorary contract.

Best Research for Best Health (2006) identified the need to harmonise and simplify HR processes being undertaken in NHS Trusts and Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs), in order to speed study set-up. The Research Passport scheme provides the mechanism for this.

Inherent within all of its practices the organisation is committed to the principles of diversity, equality of treatment and equality of opportunity and believes that direct or indirect discrimination against any person is unacceptable.

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