Contingency Plan for the 2021 Recruitment Cycle
As the 2021 recruitment cycle approaches Coronavirus is still rife in many parts of the country, and it is recognised that the healthcare workforce will continue to be needed to help respond to the pandemic and its aftermath in the coming months. We are seeing an increasing number of pharmacists being deployed in regional vaccine centres, with the forecast for this to increase and eventually for community pharmacies to also be engaged to deliver vaccines at scale.
Within this context the Pharmacy National Recruitment team have, in consultation with our key partners and stakeholders, decided to cancel Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and base all applicant rankings on scores obtained from Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) and the Numeracy assessment. This repeats the process successfully used in the previous recruitment cycle. In the coming weeks we will be announcing details of a live webinar to help answer any applicant queries, which will be free to access after the event for those who cannot attend.
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.
To apply for the Scheme please visit the Oriel Website
The applicant handbooks for the 2020 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, are available to view and download via the Resource Bank of the Oriel Pharmacy Programme portal; please select your handbook carefully when accessing via Oriel. You can also access the England and Wales applicant handbook below.
Please note: The new Handbooks for 2021 are not yet available and are due for release in Mid May.
In collaboration with HEE (England), HEIW (Wales) and NES (Scotland), the RPS has published answers to commonly asked questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme.
Further 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.
Welcome to the Student Zone!
On this page you will find all the key information related to the National Recruitment Scheme, including the Person Specification and the Professional Attributes Framework on which the selection process is based.
The Pharmaceutical Journal has published some articles for students on what you need to know about the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Numeracy assessment. Scroll down further on this page for some examples and scoring guidance.
Interested in spending some of your Foundation Training Year (Pre-reg) in a GP Surgery?
Many of the programmes we offer via the National Recruitment Scheme offer placements of between three and six months in general practice, in conjunction with hospital or community pharmacy foundation training. Read more about these exciting placement opportunities on the HEE website via the button below.
Where are we now in the recruitment cycle?
Employers are currently registering their pre-registration programmes with us which will be displayed within the Oriel system from June 2021. Please see below or the full timetable.
Trainee Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel
9th June 2021
Application window opens
9th June 2021 at 12pm
Application window closes
23rd June 2021 at 12pm
MMI selection centre booking window opens
CANCELLED FOR 2021
MMI selection centre booking window closes
CANCELLED FOR 2021
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens
4th August 2021
Preferencing window opens
28th July 2021
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes
18th August 2021
MMI selection centres held
CANCELLED FOR 2021
SJT/Numeracy selection centre held (Pearson VUE Test Centres)
Preferencing window closes
29th October 2021
First round of offers released
Offers upgrade deadline
End of November