National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment

The National Recruitment Scheme has been awarded the inaugural Chemist & Druggist Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Click the button below to read more about why the Scheme has positive benefits for both applicants and employers.

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What's happening now (June - Oct)

Preferencing window is now open

Applicant Information

Preferencing is now open and will remain so until 31st October.

Numeracy/SJT centre bookings open on 2nd August until 16th August and the selection centres held at Pearson Vue Test Centres between 21st September – 5th October. Information about these can be found on the Student Zone.

The applicant handbook is available to download below.

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.

The Pharmacy Employers and Programme Information spreadsheet which lists all the employer programmes advertised in 2023 for the 2024-25 intake is available to download below.

Employer registration for the 2024-2025 cohort year is now closed

Applicants are now able to start preferencing the programmes they are interested in, if there are any issues with the programmes you are advertising and you need to withdraw a programme, eg; due to pharmacy shop closure, please contact your regional lead to inform them to remove this programme.

Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Overview

FTY Recruitment Overview Diagram

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.


Recruitment Timeline



Foundation Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

7th June 2023

Application window opens

7th June 2023 at 12pm

Application window closes

21 June 2023 at 12pm

Preferencing window opens

26th July 2023

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

2nd August 2023

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

16th August 2023

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

21st September - 5th October 2023

Preferencing window closes

31st October 2023

First round of offers released

Early November 2023

Offers upgrade deadline

Late November 2023

Programmes commence

July/August 2024

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