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Research Passport


The Research Passport procedure is the mechanism for obtaining an honorary research contract from the NHS for researchers who:

The research passport:

Please note;

The following do not need a Research Passport

Researchers who do not require an honorary contract may require additional pre-engagement checks to undertake permitted research activities in NHS organisations.


The Principal Investigator must apply for permission to conduct the research in the NHS organisation. The Research Passport does not remove the need to apply to the R&D department of the NHS organisation for permission or to apply for ethical review.

How do I get a Research Passport?


For all questions/queries in relation to the procedure for obtaining a research passport/honorary contract or general queries in relation to pre-engagement checks:

Suzanne Esplin, HR Officer or Gillian Boyd, HR Officer