National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment

What's happening now (November - December)

Offer process begins from 10th November.

The first cascade of offers will be made on 10th November 2022, the final offer upgrade deadline is 30th November 2022.

You will be notified of offers via an email which will ask you to login to your Oriel account.

Important: during the offers window we strongly recommend that you monitor your Oriel and email accounts especially closely to ensure you do not miss notifications of offers.

IMPORTANT: You will be given 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) to accept or decline an offer.
If you decline an offer you will be removed from the process
If you let an offer expire you will be removed from the process
Once removed from the process you will not be eligible to receive any subsequent offers

You will be emailed directly from your regional team in mid-December informing you whether your places have filled, partially filled or not filled.

The registration process for the 2024-25 foundation training year will open in early January 2023.

Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

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Applicant Enquiries

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.


Recruitment Timeline



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

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

3rd August 2022

Preferencing window opens

27th July 2022

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

17th August 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

10th November 2022

Offers upgrade deadline

30th November 2022

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.