National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment

What's happening now (June - August)

Programme Information available on Oriel 8th June and applications open at 12pm

Your programme information will be available to check from 8th June, as part of the terms of participation and communications which have been sent to you, please ensure you check your programmes for accuracy and alert your regional leads if the number of places you are offering is incorrect. There is a guide on 'How to view your programmes' available below.

Applications will open on 8th June at 12pm and close on 22nd June at 12pm, we are unable to accept late applications so please don't leave it until the last minutes before applying!

Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

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Trainee Application and Handbook

To apply for the Scheme please visit the Oriel Website via the button below.

The applicant handbook for the 2022 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, is available to view and download below. *Please note the process is slightly different in Scotland and applicants wishing to apply for vacancies within Scotland should refer to the Scotland Applicant Handbook 2022.

Applicant Enquiries

FAQs can be found on the HEE Applicant Support Portal. If your question still hasn’t been answered, then all applicant enquiries, including locked Oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below.

In collaboration with HEE (England), HEIW (Wales) and NES (Scotland), the RPS has published answers to commonly asked questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme.


Recruitment Timeline



Foundation Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

8th June 2022

Application window opens

8th June 2022 at 12pm

Application window closes

22nd June 2022 at 12pm

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

3rd August 2022

Preferencing window opens

27th July 2022

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

17th August 2022

SJT/Numeracy selection centre held (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

26th September - 7th October 2022

Preferencing window closes

31st October 2022

First round of offers released

Early November

Offers upgrade deadline

End of November

Programmes commence

July/August 2023

*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC

Complaints Policy

The recruitment and selection process to Trainee pharmacist training places aims to have methods that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination.

We publish our recruitment and selection methods within the applicant handbook.

The processes are designed and delivered by the Pharmacy National Recruitment Office (PNRO) working in partnership with local offices of Health Education England and the Welsh Workforce Education Development Service. However hard we try to respond to the wishes and aspirations of applicants accessing our recruitment services, we do recognise that, on occasion, our service may fall short of expectations. If you believe this has happened to you, you can use the complaints procedure below, which tells you how to make a complaint and how it will be handled.