Foundation Training Programme Short Duration (Taster) Rotation Resources

What are short duration (taster) rotations?

Short duration (taster) rotations introduce Foundation Trainee Pharmacists (FTP) to the role of pharmacy in other sectors, and where appropriate, build on their experience from previous rotations (e.g. as an undergraduate).

The resources have been developed to:

Enable organisations to easily implement new short duration cross-sector rotations.

Support FTPs, Designated Supervisors (DS), Educational leads and Rotation Supervisors with existing cross-sector rotations.

Allow rotation providers to see how hosting a Foundation Trainee Pharmacist could work for longer duration rotations.

Benefits of cross-sector rotations

The NHS Interim People Plan (2019) emphasises the importance of cross-sector training for early careers pharmacists to meet the workforce needed for integrated care systems as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Cross-sector training for pharmacists is recognised as a model to develop Foundation Trainee Pharmacists’ understanding of the different roles of pharmacists across health and care sectors, as well as the roles of professions involved in patient care within the system.

Cross-sector rotations also give Foundation Trainee Pharmacists an opportunity to widen their professional sector experience and to gain learning and evidence to support completion of the GPhC learning outcomes.


Resources have been developed to support rotation implementation in Community pharmacy, GP practice and Hospital.

We have developed a range of resources to enable training leads and supervisors to implement a short duration (taster) rotations, designed to complement existing Pharmacy London FTP resources.

The resources, available below, provide the Foundation Trainee Pharmacist and rotation supervisor with suggested objectives, activities, and templates to adapt to their local training needs to support the rotation development.


The Supervisor Guide contains guidance and resources to help the rotation supervisor develop a short duration rotation for Foundation Trainee Pharmacists. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of the DS, Educational lead and rotation supervisor throughout the rotation.

Foundation Trainee Pharmacists

The Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Guide has been developed to support trainees during their rotation and includes information on pre-rotation preparation, responsibilities and leave arrangements.

Sector-specific Workbooks

Foundation Trainee Pharmacists can use the workbooks to identify their learning needs for a specific sector of practice, refer to suggested learning resources and activities, and map their evidence to the GPhC Interim Learning Outcomes for Foundation Training Programme to upload to their E-portfolio.

Support for Rotation Implementation

These resources will support organisations with the development of new cross-sector training partnerships and existing short duration rotations in preparation for 2025-26 Foundation Training Programme. It would be very helpful for us to know of new and existing cross-sector partnerships, particularly those who are planning to use these resources so we can provide support with implementation. Please submit your partnership details using the form below.


Feedback from Supervisors and Foundation Trainee Pharmacists who use these resources is essential to help us continuously improve the guides/workbooks and to ensure they support the Foundation Trainee Pharmacist foundation training programme and organisations. Please complete the short feedback survey to help us capture your experience of using the resources:

If you would like to share any additional feedback, contact the Pharmacy London Team via

Short Duration (Taster) Rotation Form

Please complete this form if you would like additional support with developing short duration rotations or using the short duration (taster) rotation resources. This will enable us to get in touch and support you further.

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