Foundation Pharmacists

The Pharmacy landscape is changing, and we need to change and develop the traditional education and training models available to support the development of newly qualified pharmacists. Foundation Pharmacists of the future will need to be developed to provide patient centre services across the Integrated Care System (ICS) whilst preparing them for advancing roles.  This change is a move away from the current clinical or managerial development within a single sector which our current providers of Foundation Pharmacist programmes deliver.   

There are currently 4 options for Foundation Pharmacists:

  • National Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) for provisionally registered pharmacists only.
  • LaSE Legacy Foundation Pharmacist Programme (LaSE LFPP) for existing foundation pharmacists in secondary care only.
  • Historical KSS Foundation Pharmacist Programme (KSS FPP) for existing foundation pharmacists on the KSS clinical diploma only.
  • Vocational Training Scheme pilots (VTS) for existing foundation pharmacists on a VTS pilot only.

Our strategy for a future Foundation Pharmacist Programme

The HEE London and South East Preparation for Future Foundation Pharmacist Programmes Strategy has three workstreams:


Work stream A: Operationalising the Programme, Scoping


Work Stream B: Work place programmes development


Work Stream C: Developing Educational Infrastructure / Governance

Read more about each workstream below. Organisations who want to be involved in any of the workstreams described below should contact Katie Reygate

Workplace programmes development

The workplace programme development aims to streamline education within the workplace and seek opportunities for collaboration and sharing good practice. This workstream is delivered with the support of the Foundation Pharmacist Programme Development Network, and task and finish groups to support niche areas of work e.g. specialist areas. 
Headlines and actions of these workshops can be found by clicking the button below. 
Prioritised projects highlighted from these events, will be facilitated by the team. Examples include:

  • Development of Foundation Pharmacist Lead Moodle Network (sharing platform). This is available please email if you require access.
  • Developing On-call induction / orientation materials
  • Development of a region wide High-risk medicines Trigger List
  • Mental Health Training Pack (including Mental Health SCRIPT)
  • Training Needs Analysis (TNA) - we are working with stakeholders to develop guidance around a regional TNA for Foundation Pharmacists
  • Hospital Orientation Programme - we are working with CPPE and stakeholders to develop a bespoke online course to help navigate individuals who are new to secondary care

Developing educational infrastructure

As Foundation Pharmacist Programmes evolve the governance of them will be overseen at a regional level. Within London and the South East, we envisage having a Foundation Board and Educational Programme Directors Networks. 
Whilst the programmes are yet to be established throughout the region, organisations and educational leads can engage with Foundation Pharmacist Programme initiatives via:

  • London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Pharmacist Vocational Training Scheme Network
  • Foundation Pharmacist Programme Development Network