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Honorary and observer opportunities

An honorary contract holder is someone who is not directly employed and paid by the Trust. You need an honorary contract if you are carrying out work on any OUH sites and are working through a third party or for a self-funded purpose.

As an honorary contract holder, you are bound by the terms and conditions of the honorary contract. All honorary contracts are department-specific and are fixed term for a maximum of three years.

An observer contract holder is someone who is not employed and paid by the Trust. An observer contract allows an individual to observe processes and practices at the Trust.

Applying for an honorary or observer contract

You can apply for an honorary or observer contract through the OUH intranet (available to staff only). Departments have copies of the application forms available and will be able to advise on the right contract for you. You can also contact Medical Staffing in Human Resources if you have any difficulties:

Honorary contract checks

When applying for an honorary contract, you may be required to complete certain checks before your contract can be issued. The number of checks depend on the specific role you have applied to and include criminal, right to work and health checks. Failing any of these checks can result in your application being denied.

Observer contract checks

When applying for an observer contract you may be required to complete certain checks before your contract can be issued. We will request proof of identification, conduct a passport and visa check along with a short occupational health online assessment.

To assist, please access the following link about visa conditions when requesting an observer contract:

The honorary and observer contract administrator will guide you through this process.