Deadline to host trainee pharmacists


The deadline to host a trainee pharmacist in general practice, in 2025/26, is fast approaching.

Practices and PCNs must apply via the National Recruitment Scheme (Oriel) by 1 March, 2024.

General practices and PCNs are reminded to submit their application for a foundation trainee pharmacist before the deadline on 1 March, 2024.

Applications can only be made via the Oriel system and are for trainee pharmacists to start in 2025/26.

Options for practices or PCNs for the duration of the training year include being:

  • The employer of a trainee pharmacist
  • A partner with another employer to offer a formal multi-sector placement with a minimum 13-week rotation
  • A partner with another employer to offer an informal placement of less than 13 weeks (e.g. as access to a prescribing environment)

Increasing numbers of practices and PCNs are employing pharmacists in a patient-facing role, and this recruitment scheme allows you to support the development of the future workforce.

Trainees can support with day-to-day workload within the practice, contributing towards multiple QOF indicators or the DES.

Support is available throughout this process via an NHSE pharmacy foundation lead. The North West regional contact is: Stephen Doherty,

NHS England has produced a briefing note, with further information and links to the recruitment website.