Research Passport Guidance

NHS Research Passport

In order to carry out a piece of research within the NHS, you will usually need to get an Honorary Research Passport (HRC).

A new, streamline mechanism for researchers to obtain HRCs to conduct studies in the NHS has been developed, called the Research Passport.

The Research Passport is designed to save the valuable time and resources of HR, R&D departments and researchers. It has the following key benefits:

  • Easier approach to getting HRCs for multi-centre studies
  • Designed for those who have no contractual relationship with the NHS
  • Promotes the use of HRCs by the NHS and provides clear guidance on their use
  • Provides a streamlined standard application system for HRCs
  • Avoids repeat checks for every HRC (sharing information across sectors)
  • Clarifies the responsibilities of the NHS and HEIs
  • Enables University-led research projects to start more quickly

The responsibilities of the employer are defined in the NHS Research Governance Framework (RGF) and HEIs must ensure they are aware of these. Similarly the responsibilities of the care organisation are set out in the RGF

Research Passport Procedure

Guidance on how to complete the form can be located on the NHS Research Passport website.  

Please note that the HR & OD department will only complete section 5 of the Research Passport application for University of Stirling employees and not students.

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