National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment

What's happening now

Application window opens Friday 7 June 2024 at 12pm (GMT) and will close Friday 21 June 2024 at 12pm (GMT)*

Applications for the 2025-26 Foundation Pharmacist Training year will open on Friday 7 June via the Oriel website, this is the only way to obtain a foundation training place in England and Wales.
More information is available from the Applicant Handbook below and programmes will be advertised on the Oriel website.

* Important notice – new date for opening of pharmacy foundation training application window
The date for the opening of the application window for pharmacy training is changing in order make an important system update to the Oriel application form.
Applications will now open on Friday, 7th June 2024 at 12pm (GMT) (previously Wednesday, 5th June) and close on Friday, 21st June 2024 at 12pm (GMT) (previously Wednesday, 19th June).
Please note that Foundation training programme information will be available on Oriel: Friday, 7th June 2024 (previously Wednesday, 5th June).
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications ahead of the closing date.

Getting ready for the Foundation Training Year 2025-26

We have prepared resources for employers to get ready for the changes which will be implemented for the foundation training year 2025-26. The main presentation and summary will provide you with the key information you need to prepare now.
You can also watch a narrated presentation and narrated summary on YouTube channel.

Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists (IETP) Reform Programme Update.
You will find links below to webpages to NHS England activity related to the reforms of the IETP. We recommend that you read the information provided and bookmark these pages for future viewing as information on them will be periodically updated. From these pages you can navigate to others that are related to foundation pharmacist training. We also recommend you sign up to Pharmacy News to receive updates on the IETP reforms.

Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

FTY Recruitment Overview Diagram

Complaints Policy

The recruitment and selection process to foundation 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 NHS England and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). 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.


Recruitment Timeline



Applicant handbook available

Mid May

Foundation Pharmacist Training Programme information available on Oriel

7 June 2024*

Application window opens

7 June 2024 at 12pm*

Application window closes

21 June 2024 at 12pm*

Preferencing window opens

24 July 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

31 July 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

14 August 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre Start Date (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

19 September 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre End Date (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

2 October 2024

Preferencing window closes

29 October 2024

First round of offers released

Early November 2024

Offers upgrade deadline

Late November 2024

Programmes commence

July/August 2025