National Pre-Registration
Pharmacist Recruitment

Webinar: Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment 2020 Covid 19 Arrangements  

The RPS hosted two webinars answering key questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme, preferencing and the changes for this year. These can be accessed below (free registration to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society required):

Please download the spreadsheet below which details all of the pharmacy employers and the programmes being offered in the 2020 recruitment process for the 2021-22 cohort. This spreadsheet provides easy access to view multiple programmes filtered by specific employers. 

Applicant Enquiries

All applicant enquiries, including locked oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below.
Please read the FAQ's first and submit and enquiry if you can't find the answers you need.

Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

Pre reg Recruitment Overview Diagram COVID

What's happening now (June - Aug)

The application window for students is now closed. From 25th June, you can spend time researching the placements you are interested in preferencing prior to the preferencing window opening on 29th July. The Numeracy/SJT booking window opens for those applicants who have submitted an application on 5th August.  
Access the Oriel Website below. 

Applicant Handbook

The new applicant handbooks for the 2020 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, are now available to view and download via the Resource Bank of the Oriel Pharmacy Programme portal; please select your handbook carefully when accessing via Oriel. You can also access the England and Wales applicant handbook below. 


Recruitment Timeline



Application window opens

10th June 2020 (12pm)

Application window closes

24th June 2020 (12pm)

Pre-registration Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

25th June 2020

Preferencing window opens

29th July 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

5th August 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

19th August 2020

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

28th September - 10th October 2020

Preferencing window closes

30th October 2020

First round of offers released

Early November

Unsuccessful applicants notified by email

Early November

Offers upgrade deadline

End of November

Employers informed 


Programmes commence

July/August 2021

Complaints Policy

The recruitment and selection process to pre-registration 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.