National Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment 

Oriel Applications are now CLOSED

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, Kent Surrey and Sussex Support Portal please read the FAQ's first and submit an enquiry if you can't find the answers you need. 

Please click on the buttons below to see a list of the employers who will be recruiting via the Oriel system this year for the 2019-20 intake or if you would like to view the programme information in full detail, please download the excel spreadsheet below. 

What's new in 2018

  • The multiple mini interviews (MMI) and situational judgement test (SJT)/numeracy will be taken on different days .
  • Programme preferencing will take place after the application window has closed and will stay open much longer.
  • Enhanced preferencing has been introduced to allow much greater flexibility in choosing your programme preferences.
  • Employer type classification have changed. Community training programmes now fall under ‘Primary Care’ within the Oriel system.
  • The Bradford sandwich programme is being recruited to via the Oriel system*.
  • Further information about all the above can be found within the relevant section of the applicant handbook.

* The Bradford sandwich vacancy is completely separate to the national vacancy and will be clearly identifiable on the Oriel system.

Accessing the Oriel System - Registration and Application Form

You have the ability to register on the Oriel system at any point to familiarise yourself with the system before applying when the application window opens (6th June 2018). We strongly encourage you to read the applicant handbook available below.
To access and register you will need to visit Oriel and select the pharmacy programme staff group.

When registering, current MPharm students will need to ensure their forename and surname are entered in the same way as this information has been provided by their School of Pharmacy (SoP). If you need to check the information that was provided by your SoP please contact them directly.

IMPORTANT: Any third year UK MPharm student who has not given their SoP permission to go onto a nominee list will not be eligible to apply for a Pre-Registration Pharmacist programme through the Oriel system.

Once you have registered you will be able to log in to your Oriel account using your email address with the password you have created. You will also be able to navigate around your own personal dashboard, which is where you are able to view all messages sent from Oriel and review your application. For full guidance on using your dashboard within Oriel please visit the Oriel Help Desk.

Upon registering you will be able to complete the following registration sections of the application form:
• Personal*
• Eligibility
• Fitness to Practice
• Competence
• Employment
• Equality

*IMPORTANT: you will be asked to enter your email address into the ‘Personal’ section. This address is the primary means of contact between applicant and the PNRO so it is imperative that the address you enter is one that you check on a regular basis (NB: including outside of term time). After the offers process is complete employers may send written correspondence to the postal address of their successful applicant, so it is important that the postal information you enter is up-to-date. 

Application Form - Now CLOSED
From 6th June 2018 until 27th June 2018 you should have completed and submitted the rest of the application form by filling in the sections below*:
• Referees
• Declaration

*You will also need to complete information from within the other section of the application. The system will highlight where this information is required. 

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you have a working internet connection. We recommend you submit your application in plenty of time and well before the final deadline.

Further details on how to complete each section of the application are provided in applicant handbook.
You do not have to register before the application window opens (6th June 2018 – 27th June 2018), however, we would encourage you to do so for the following reasons:

• To familiarise yourself with the Oriel system.
• The information you complete as part of registering on the system can be saved and brought forward into your application saving you time during the application window.

IMPORTANT: If you are locked out of your Oriel account please contact the PNRO via HEE London, Kent Surrey and Sussex Support Portal and they will be able to unlock it on your behalf. The PNRO will aim to do this within 24-hours.
Please note your account only locks after five failed attempts at logging into your account, or five failed attempts at resetting your password.

Welsh Language MMIs: How to opt-in for National Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment
We would like to highlight that this year an option has been made available for students to undertake their Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) in the Welsh Language.
Students must email to register their request for a Welsh Language MMI by 12:00 noon on 27th June 2018.
The Welsh Language MMI provision will be at the Cardiff City Stadium Selection centre (on Friday 14th September).

Sawl Cyfweliad Byr (MMIs) yn Gymraeg: Sut i optio i mewn ar gyfer Recriwtio Fferyllwyr Cyn Cofrestru Cenedlaethol
Eleni, rydym ni’n falch o gyhoeddi bod modd i fyfyrwyr gwblhau’r sesiwn Sawl Cyfweliad Byr yn Gymraeg.
Dylai myfyrwyr e-bostio i gofrestru eu diddordeb mewn gwneud y sesiwn Sawl Cyfweliad Byr yn Gymraeg erbyn 12:00 noon ar 27 Mehefin 2018.
Bydd y sesiynau Cymraeg yn cael eu darparu yn Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd (Ddydd Gwener 14 Medi).

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 processes and quality framework on the following webpage

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.

Recruitment Timeline



Pre-registration Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel 

6th June 2018 

Oriel applications open

6th June 2018

Oriel applications close

27th June 2018 

Invitation to MMI selection centre opens

23rd July 2018 

Invitation to MMI selection centre closes

30th July 2018

Invitation to SJT/numeracy selection centre opens

1st August 2018

Preferencing window opens

8th August 2018

Invitation to SJT/Numeracy selection centre closes

15th August 2018

MMI selection centres held

3rd September 2018 - 21st September 2018 

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

1st October 2018 - 12th October 2018

Preferencing window closes 

31st October 2018 

First cascade of offers made

14th November 2018 

Offers upgrade deadline

28th November 2018 

Programmes commence

July/August 2019