Viewing your programmes on Oriel

Following your registration onto the National Recruitment scheme, your programme information will be live on the Oriel system from early June for you to view.

Please access the document for the step by step guide.

Terms of Participation

To recruit via the National Recruitment scheme, all employers must read and agree to the Terms of Participation and to abide by the NHS England Quality Framework (or Welsh equivalent for employers in Wales) before signing up to the scheme. Please read this information available below before signing up to the scheme via our online form.

Please note that once you have agreed to recruit to the listed programmes via Oriel you cannot then offer this place to anyone outside of the scheme.

Employer Programme Information

The Pharmacy Employers and Programme Information spreadsheets below list all the employer programmes which were advertised in 2023 for the 2024-25 intake. These include details on hours and salary stipulated to support drawing up employment contracts.

There is also a link to the Oriel website and an employer access guide to support you with accessing applications.

Frequently Asked Question


What happens if I miss the deadline for submitting my programme details?

Unfortunately we have to work to strict deadlines and are not able to accept late submissions. The process opens each year in mid January and closes around end February.


I cannot find the appropriate Location (sector) within the options given, what can I do?

The location (sectors) listed are agreed nationally and are fixed. Please select the location (sector) that best fits your location.


What happens if I am unable to facilitate the foundation training year places due to branch closure/loss of an designated supervisor?

In this instance you would need to inform your Regional Pharmacy Leads as soon as possible, contact details can be found below.


I can't log into Oriel to review my applications?

The Oriel system is an open access website which means that anyone can view what is on there. However when you need to access applicant information, you will need to use the secure site which is and will require your log in details. If you do not have log in details please get in touch with the Recruitment Team directly.


Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship

As an employer you can choose to offer a programme that provides Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship which is subject to
the correct licence being in place and a salary and weekly working hours meeting the required threshold.
For visa related information please visit the Home Office website via the link below.

Most applicants requiring Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship will have a Tier 4 student visa and be looking to switch to a Skilled Worker Visa for their Pre-registration training year.


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.

Employer Contact Us

Do's and Don'ts for completing the online form and participation in the scheme


If you are an existing employer, please check the employer programme details spreadsheet for the information you submitted last year as this will help you complete the online form

Ensure you complete every field on the form, each field is mandatory and by the deadline stated above.

Check you choose the correct region in the first place, the form is designed to progressively filter based on your selections

Complete one online form per programme, if you are an existing employer and have a new programme to add, choose the ‘other’ options available to enter in new information.

Ensure your programme description is limited to 950 characters including spaces, we suggest you write this in MS Office Word and check the character count.

If you plan to provide a tier 2 sponsorship, check the home office website for up to date information on minimum salary requirements.

When entering the placement information, most are 1 placement for 52 weeks unless you offer a multi-sector programme which has rotations of more than 13 weeks in duration, choose the right option for your programme

Read the Terms of Participation and check the boxes to agree to signing up to recruiting via the National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme.

Regularly check your emails in the few weeks after the closing date in case your regional pharmacy team needs to clarify any of the programme information you have submitted



Leave completion of the form until the last minute, late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances


Rush when completing the form, please choose the drop down options carefully to ensure the correct options follow


Exceed the 950 character count