Welcome to the Student Zone!
We recently held a webinar in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Health Education and Improvement Wales, NHS Education Scotland and the British Pharmaceutical Student Association to discuss key aspects of the National Recruitment Scheme and to answer applicant questions. The full webinar is free to access and available below.
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.
You can also attempt a SJT Practice Paper. This paper contains 25 scenarios presented in the two formats you will see in the actual test, with full answer keys and rationales provided at the end of part 2. You are encouraged to attempt the paper without looking at the answers in the first instance, and to time yourself in preparation for your assessment sitting. A reminder that the assessment contains 52 scenarios which must be completed in 104 minutes.
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.
Application and Handbook
To apply for the Scheme please visit the Oriel Website via the button below.
The applicant handbook for the 2022 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, is available to view and download below. *Please note the process is slightly different in Scotland and applicants wishing to apply for vacancies within Scotland should refer to the Scotland Applicant Handbook 2022.
Interested in spending some of your Foundation Training Year 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?
Oriel Applications are closed for new applicants and will reopen in June 2022. Please see below or the full timetable.
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
*MMI selection centre booking window opens
13th July 2022
*MMI selection centre booking window closes
20th July 2022
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens
3rd August 2022
Preferencing window opens
27th July 2022
Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes
17th August 2022
*MMI selection centres held
5th - 23rd September 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
Offers upgrade deadline
End of November
*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC