Pre-Registration Pharmacy Trainees

If you want to become a practicing pharmacist or pharmacy technician you are required to undertake a period of pre-registration training. It can be difficult to decide between a typical NHS Hospital setting or a Community Pharmacy shop environment. A typical NHS Hospital or prison setting including NHS community services is more likely to appeal to you if you enjoy working as part of a team with other health care professionals, rotating through different pharmacy specialities and being involved in direct patient care. NHS placements have robust career structures in place.

Trainee Support

From time to time, trainees may require extra support. For trainees and employing organisations we have developed a reference guide which outlines the educational support processes in place for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are undertaking commissioned training within our region. Please visit our dedicated Trainees Requiring Additional Support page for further information including a link to download the reference guide which should be read prior to submitting the on-line reporting form.

Professional Support Unit

Are you a pre-registration pharmacist or pharmacy technician? Do you need careers advice, help with clinical communication skills or one to one educational review? If so the Professional Support Unit (PSU) may be able to help. Please click the button below to download the PSU flyer.

Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacists

Choosing where to undertake your pre-registration pharmacist training is an important decision to make.

Health Education England offers all trainees a one year fixed term contract to meet the requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council to register as a pharmacist by undertaking:

a rotational competency based training programme to achieve underpinning knowledge and the specified performance standards

the registration examination

All placements are quality assured to ensure every trainee receives a high standard of training supported by Educational and Practice supervision. 
Information on the recruitment process is available on our National Recruitment page

Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

You can apply directly to become a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician straight from school. Applicants will need to apply direct to Trusts through vacancies on The minimum entry requirement is usually 4 GSCEs grade C or above and will include English, Maths & Science.
You will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF) plus the Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science