Registration onto the National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme via Oriel 2024 for the 2025-26 year.

The main changes to the registration process for 2024 are:

Recruiting via Oriel is the only route for employing a foundation trainee pharmacist for the 2025-26 training year

The HEEGP tag has been removed from the programme titles from the 2023 employer information as funding for the national foundation trainee pharmacists in GP programme will cease at the end of the 2024-25 training year.

Placements are now called rotations and will be advertised as weeks instead of months.

Terms of Participation have been reviewed and updated to reflect the IETP reforms, please read these in full prior to registering

The deadline for employers to register to recruit via Oriel and submit programme information for the 2025-26 foundation training year is 11:59pm on Friday 1 March 2024

To recruit via Oriel and employ a foundation trainee pharmacist for the 2025-26 cohort year, employers must register via the online form below. You will need to provide programme specific information and agree to meet the terms of participation.

If you are an existing employer, your employer details will be available by selecting the correct NHS England region followed by location (sector), Employer Type and speciality or size of organisation from the available selections in the online form below. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive an email from with a copy of your submission, please check your junk mail folder if you can’t see this email.

We strongly recommend that you download a copy of last years information, which was advertised in Oriel, from the Pharmacy Employers and Programme Information 2023 spreadsheet which is available on the righthand side. The spreadsheet has filters added providing quick access to your programme information from last year. If you have multiple programmes to submit (one form completion per programme) it is advisable to keep a track of which ones you have submitted and ensure you do not submit a programme which you do not plan to recruit to or duplicate entries.

Please also read the employer guide, which provides detailed information about the National Recruitment Scheme and more information about registration and providing your programme information, in addition we have also prepared a short video for a step-by-step guide to how to complete the online form.

Please note that if you are an employer offering Bradford Sandwich places. Please contact if you have any queries.

Please note that if you are an employer in Wales, you should not be completing the online form.
Please contact if you have any queries.

Employer Programme Information Registration Form - complete and submit the following form in full to register.
You will need to submit one form per programme you are advertising.

Based on number of branches

Choose from the list of drop downs available or choose Other and enter Employer Name in the field below.

If your employer name is not listed please enter it here. Note: you should use Branch/Pharmacy name or TA company name here. If you are using your Branch Name for Employer name, please also include your post code in this field (eg Blakeberry Pharmacy E6 3RL)

Choose from the list of drop downs available or choose Other and enter Website Address in the field below

If your website is not listed please enter it here or N/A if you do not have a website or a link to NHS Choices

Please select from the available options on the drop down below. If you are a new employer or an existing employer with a new or revised programme, select Other and complete the fields below:

Employer Name or Branch/Town/Postcode field will display as Programme Title within Oriel and will provide applicants with easily accessible information so please ensure it accurately reflects a name they will recognise. If your programme remains the same as last year, it will be available on the drop down above and should be selected.

If you are advertising a new multi-sector programme, which is not available on the drop down above, the following are examples of how to add these into the 3 fields below:
2 Rotations - add Employer + Rotation site. Add the town where the trainee will be employed. Add both post codes using + sign. If you are still waiting on details of the rotation, please state the setting eg GP or H&J
If your programme offers 3 or 4 rotations, use the same format as above and use the + sign for adding additional information, an example is provided below. NOTE: There is a maximum character count of 90 for programme titles in Oriel, we reserve the right to truncate your programme should it exceed this character count.

Cluster Approach – please refer to the employer guide for detailed information on this option before choosing it. If you decide on a cluster approach, your pharmacy branches should be within close proximity, i.e. within around 1 mile apart and will need to be the branch name not the trading as company name, please use the beginning part of the post code here only, eg SE20.

Please add the following details:

eg. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust or Abbeydale Pharmacy or
LimeGrovePharmacy+HenleyPharmacy+TheConfederationHillingdon PCN

eg. Frimley

eg. GU16 7UJ or

Your Programme Description

Please provide a clear description of your programme information below. This information is what prospective applicants will see within the Oriel system and will support them to make an informed decision when preferencing.

Please ensure your programme description accurately reflects what programme the foundation trainee pharmacist will receive and to use the new GPhC IETP terminology.

If you are offering a multi-sector programme, please give details of the rotations the trainee will experience.

(950 Characters including spaces ONLY) Please do not use any formatting or bullets.

Please enter your programme description

By selecting more than 1 trainee place, you are committed to advertising these trainee places within your employment, ensure you have the necessary resources in place before selecting more than 1 place/trainees.

Applicants will need to know if you are offering a Skilled Worker Visa Sponsorship, all hospital/ICB employers should offer sponsorship, please choose Yes from the drop down below. As a Primary Care Employer, if you are not offering sponsorship for all the places you are recruiting to, you will need to submit two separate programmes, one with sponsorship and one without. More information about visa sponsorship can be found on the Home Office Website here:
The minimum salary payable for anyone requiring sponsorship is set by the Government each year, for the 2024 recruitment round, the minimum will be set at £24,000, if you have selected Yes, you will need to enter £24,000 or higher in the salary field.

IMPORTANT: The impact to pharmacy recruitment of recently announced changes to the Skilled Worker Visa entry criteria, in particular a significant increase to the minimum salary threshold from spring 2024, is currently unknown. Employers are advised to undertake their own research into Visa requirements before committing to providing SWV sponsorship. NHS England are unable to provide guidance on immigration or visa-related matters.

Hours per week
Minimum Salary Required

Note: The salaries and hours listed are based on the Governments current minimum wage limits. Employers must pay the minimum or living wage as set by the Government at the time of employment.

Warning: The minimum salary limit for this year is set at £24,000 as an indicative amount, if you choose to offer visa sponsorship you must pay the minimum salary as set by the home office.

Choose from the list of drop downs available or choose Other and enter Training Provider in the field below

Multi-Sector Programme - a programme where the trainee will spend 13 weeks or more at another training site

The next section of the form is for rotation information for employers offering a multi-sector programme. The majority of posts are 1 rotation for 52 weeks however if you are planning to offer a multi-sector programme and the trainee will have rotations in other sectors of 13 weeks or longer in duration please select Yes and provide the details below.

If you are offering any rotations which are less than 13 weeks, select No and list these in your programme description above.
Please note you will be required to enter your 52 week rotation information below, the length of rotation is set to 52 and does not need to be completed.

Please complete all fields below regarding the detail of rotations, including the employing organisation which is likely to be the first rotation.

NOTE: When offering a multi-sector programme, please ensure you include the information in the programme title as described above. If you are still waiting on details of the rotation, please state the setting and add TBC in the other fields.

First Rotation - this should be where the trainee is employed

Second Rotation

Third Rotation

Forth Rotation

Contact Details

Please confirm your contact details below - these contact details are not made available to applicants. They will be used by NHS England to keep in touch throughout the recruitment cycle and for an account to be set up on Oriel in order to access successful applicant details in December 2024.
In addition, we will send communications relating to subsequent Foundation Training Year activity and relevant NHS England workforce planning and training initiatives.

Please enter your telephone number, this should include the full country & area code, if you have an extension please provide this in the input provided.

Privacy Notice

NHS England will be the data controller of all received registrations. Please refer to the NHS England privacy notice for information on how we manage your data.

Applicants often wish to contact prospective employers during the preferencing process or once allocations have been completed. Please indicate below which email (if any) you would prefer to be shared with applicants who want to get in touch with you.

Terms of Participation

To recruit via the National Recruitment Scheme, all employers must read and agree to the Terms of Participation and abide by the NHS England Workforce Training and Education (formerly Health Education England) Quality Framework.
To confirm your participation in the Scheme and to abide by these Terms of Participation and Quality Framework, please tick each box below.

You agree that:

Failure to abide by these terms will result in the removal of your programmes from the scheme.