Welcome to the Student Zone!

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RPS Webinar

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.

You can also find full details on these assessments, including a Numeracy / SJT Practice Paper by clicking on the 'SJT and Numeracy Tests' tab above.

Applicant Enquiries

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 2023 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 2023.

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 2024. Please see below or the full timetable.


Recruitment Timeline



Foundation Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

7th June 2023

Application window opens

7th June 2023 at 12pm

Application window closes

21 June 2023 at 12pm

Preferencing window opens

26th July 2023

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

2nd August 2023

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

16th August 2023

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

21st September - 5th October 2023

Preferencing window closes

31st October 2023

First round of offers released

Early November 2023

Offers upgrade deadline

Late November 2023

Programmes commence

July/August 2024

*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC