National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment

Change of Terminology

In January 2021, the GPhC published the revised Standards for the Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists. The fifth year of training (previously called the pre-registration year) will now be called the Foundation Training Year. Learners on this programme will be referred to as Trainee Pharmacists. Tutors will now be known as Designated Supervisors. Please note that the terminology previously used e.g. Pre-registration Pharmacist, Pre-registration Training and Tutor may be used interchangeably with the new terminology for this year.

Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

Recruitment diagram in full

What's happening now (Jan - March)

Registration for the 2023-24 cohort is now open and will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 1st March 2022

In order to recruit via Oriel, employers must register each year via our online form. You will need to provide programme specific information and agree to meet the terms of participation.
The employer registration page, along with the employer guide, is available on the navigation on the left hand side of this page.

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Recruitment Timeline

Activity

Month

Foundation Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

8th June 2022

Application window opens

8th June 2022 at 12pm

Application window closes

22nd June 2022 at 12pm

*MMI selection centre booking window opens

13th July 2022

*MMI selection centre booking window closes

20th July 2022

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

3rd August 2022

Preferencing window opens

27th July 2022

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

17th August 2022

*MMI selection centres held

5th - 23rd September 2022

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

26th September - 7th October 2022

Preferencing window closes

31st October 2022

First round of offers released

Early November

Offers upgrade deadline

End of November

Programmes commence

July/August 2023

*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC

Complaints Policy

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.