Announcement: MMIs Cancelled for Forthcoming Recruitment

In light of the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision has been taken to cancel the Multiple Mini Interviews for the 2020 National Recruitment Scheme. Please see below for our message and next steps guidance to all students, which was circulated via Schools of Pharmacy on 18th May 2020. 

Welcome to the Student Zone!

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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, and sample scenarios for the Situational Judgement Test and Numeracy assessment.

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 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 pre-registration training. Read more about these exciting placement opportunities on the HEE website via the button below. 

Examples of a Situational Judgement and Numeracy Test 

The following questions and answers are provided as examples only to give you an idea of the style of question that will be asked during the SJT. The answers include expert rationale. 
A further guidance document provides general information on how the SJT will be marked and scored. 
The answers for both Numeracy questions are provided on page 2 of the document.

Where are we now in the recruitment cycle?

During January and May, we work closely with employers to ensure their programmes are submitted successfully and available for prospective applicants to view on the Oriel system and subsequently preference during the preferencing window which opens in August.
The first step during Spring, and before the applicant window opens in early June, is for pharmacy students to register with the Oriel system and ensure you have confirmed to your School of Pharmacy that you are happy for them to share your student ID with our recruitment team so you can successfully participate in the scheme. 

You may also benefit from reading through the applicant handbook, please note the version available is the 2019 version and a revised handbook will be available via the Oriel system later in the year but it provides some information for you now which is relevant. 

Applicant Enquiries

All applicant enquiries, including locked Oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below. 
Please read the FAQ's first and submit an enquiry if you can't find the answers you need.


Recruitment Timeline



Pre-registration Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

10th June 2020

Application window opens

10th June 2020 (12pm)

Application window closes

24th June 2020 (12pm)

Preferencing window opens

29th July 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

5th August 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

19th August 2020

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

28th September - 10th October 2020

Preferencing window closes

30th October 2020

First round of offers released

Early November

Unsuccessful applicants notified by email

Early November

Offers upgrade deadline

End of November

Employers informed 


Programmes commence

July/August 2021