National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment
The National Recruitment Scheme has been awarded the inaugural Chemist & Druggist Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Click the button below to read more about why the Scheme has positive benefits for both applicants and employers.
What's happening now (June - Oct)
Preferencing window is now open
Preferencing is now open and will remain so until 31st October.
Numeracy/SJT centre bookings open on 2nd August until 16th August and the selection centres held at Pearson Vue Test Centres between 21st September – 5th October. Information about these can be found on the Student Zone.
The applicant handbook is available to download below.
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.
The Pharmacy Employers and Programme Information spreadsheet which lists all the employer programmes advertised in 2023 for the 2024-25 intake is available to download below.
Employer registration for the 2024-2025 cohort year is now closed
Applicants are now able to start preferencing the programmes they are interested in, if there are any issues with the programmes you are advertising and you need to withdraw a programme, eg; due to pharmacy shop closure, please contact your regional lead to inform them to remove this programme.
Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview
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.
Foundation Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel
7th June 2023
Application window opens
7th June 2023 at 12pm
Application window closes
21 June 2023 at 12pm
Preferencing window opens
26th July 2023
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens
2nd August 2023
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes
16th August 2023
SJT/Numeracy selection centre held (Pearson VUE Test Centres)
21st September - 5th October 2023
Preferencing window closes
31st October 2023
First round of offers released
Early November 2023
Offers upgrade deadline
Late November 2023
*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC