National Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment 2017 for 2018 Intake

The application window opened at 10am on 31/07/17 - the final list of pharmacy employers and programmes is available to download from the Programme and Employer Details page here. Applications close at 4pm (16:00) on 21st August, don't leave submission until the last minute! 

Locked Oriel Account? Please submit an enquiry via this FAQ in the Portal system 
Can't find the information you need? All enquiries should be logged via the HEE London and South East Support Portal please read the FAQ's first and submit an enquiry if you can't find the answers you need. 

An example of a Situational Judgement Test

We have produced a couple of example Situational Judgement test (SJT) questions. The questions include information on the answer and expert rational. Further information on the SJT element of the selection centre is available in the applicant handbook. 

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Applying for a Pre-registration Pharmacist post for 2018-19

Applying for a Pre-Registration Pharmacist training programme is an important decision and can seem like a daunting task. There are many factors to consider when thinking about where you would wish to complete your training. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) website provides comprehensive information about Pre-Registration Pharmacist training and its requirements.

This year a new process is being introduced so that you will only need to submit one application in order to apply for all Pre-Registration Pharmacist training places based in hospitals in England and Wales. A large number of community pharmacy employers have also chosen to opt in to the scheme.  The aim is to have a fair, equitable and transparent recruitment process for all. Please ensure you review the Job Description and Professional Attributes Framework (PAF) available below. 

Register with Oriel now!

You should register with Oriel and begin the process of completing your personal details. Registering is only the first step, you will then need to complete and submit your application when the application window opens which is 10am on 31st July. The application window closes at 12 noon on 21st August 2017. Please note late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances so do not leave submitting your application until the last minute. 

Once the application window is open you will then start the process of preferencing the programmes you are interested in. Further information regarding how to preference is available here

Technical Support
If you are having any technical support with the Oriel system including your account being locked out, please visit the FAQ section of the HEE London and South East Support Portal and follow the process here. 

Recruitment Timeline

Activity Date
Oriel registration opens
1st June 2017
Applications open
10am 31st July 2017
Applications close
4pm 21st Aug 2017
Invitation to selection centre opens
25th Aug 2017
Invitation to selection centre close
1st Sept 2017
Interviews held
11th - 29th Sept 2017
First cascade of offers made
7th Nov 2017
Offers upgrade deadline
22nd Nov 2017
Last cascade of offers made
15th Dec 2017
Programmes commence
July/Aug 2018

Important Information and further support

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

All applications but be made via the Oriel Recruitment Portal using the nationally agreed application.

Registering with the recruitment portal is only the first step, and a confirmation of this registration will automatically be sent to you. Subsequent to this confirmation, you must complete and submit the actual application by the deadline. Please refer to the additional guidance, which can be accessed via the Helpdesk section of the Oriel system.

Communication between the Pharmacy National Recruitment Office (PNRO) and will be primarily via Oriel/email. You should check your email account and Oriel account a minimum of once every 24 hours. Failure to do so may result in your missing vital information in relation to your application. Please also check spam or junk-mail to ensure correspondence has not been filtered by your provider.

You will only need to submit one application. 

You will not be asked to provide a supporting statement to demonstrate that you meet the person specification as part of your online application. 

Still need some help?

If your query cannot be answered by the information found on this website or through the Applicant Handbook, please go to the HEE London and South East Support Portal. The Enquiries Portal will have an FAQ function which we would advise you to look through before submitting an enquiry.

Not recruiting through Oriel

Some community pharmacy employers will recruit to pharmacy training programmes outside of the Oriel system. These will be advertised independently by individual employers and do not form part of this application process. If you are interested in applying for any of these programmes it will be necessary for you to submit a separate application as per individual employer guidance/timelines.

2018 Recruitment
We will be inviting new expressions of interest from employers for the 2018 recruitment round (2019 trainee cohort) during the later part of 2017 or early 2018. Further information regarding this will be available closer to the time. Please note timelines are subject to review. 

Watch the 'Oriel Application Process' Webinar

With thanks to the British Pharmaceutical Students Association for support in producing this webinar.