Trainee Pharmacist in General Practice National Recruitment Scheme 2022 – Invitation to Participate

The pre-registration year is becoming a foundation year.

Please see the email below and attached documents with a call for expressions of interest for 2023-2024.  This reflects the change in training from the existing pre-registration approach to a new integrated foundation programme alongside tertiary education.

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Subject: HEEGP: Trainee Pharmacists in General Practice National Recruitment Scheme 2022: Invitation to participate

Participation in the Trainee Pharmacist in General Practice Programme National Recruitment 2022 (2023 intake) via ORIEL

Dear colleague,

We hope that you are well. You are receiving this email to highlight the opportunity to participate in the Health Education England Trainee Pharmacists in General Practice Programme 2023/24.

The programme offers trainee pharmacists undertaking their Foundation Training Year in community pharmacy or hospital to experience at least 13 weeks in general practice.  The programme has run since 2019, enabling hundreds of trainees to gain an understanding of the role of pharmacists in general practice whilst developing a broad range of knowledge and skills. 2021 has seen over 450 trainees start a foundation training year that includes a rotation into general practice.

This communication aims to:

  • Highlight the benefits to all parties of offering a cross sector training year in general practice
  • Highlight key deadlines with the National Recruitment Scheme (Oriel)
  • Prompt you to take part in the 2023/24 Trainee Pharmacists in General Practice Programme by 6pm on Monday 14thFebruary.

For detailed information about the programme please see the attached document ‘Information for prospective host sites’.  This contains answers to frequently asked questions about the benefits of offering a cross sector training year, how it fits with the pharmacy reform of Initial Education and Training (IET), funding and structure of the year.New site guidance to completing the Expression of Interest 23.24 Information for prospective host sites 2023.24

The deadline for employers to enter their programmes into the National Recruitment Scheme (Oriel) for recruitment is 11.59pm on 1st March 2022.

We are inviting new partners to participate in the programme for 2023/24.

Only those programmes entered prior to the 1st March deadline will be able to progress through the National Recruitment Scheme.

If you would like to participate, please complete the expression of interest survey below by 6pm on Monday 14th February. We will aim to give you a response by Monday 21st February, which will allow the lead pharmacy employer a full week to enter the place on to Oriel. It is therefore crucial that the lead pharmacy employer provides a contact who will be available to complete this registration in week commencing the 21st February.

Expression of interest survey:


If you are requesting multiple placements (above 5) please email for advice.

Please see the attached document outlining the expectations of the Trainee Pharmacists in General Practice Programme 2023/24.

Thank you for your co-operation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your regional facilitator or

Key date: Expression of interest deadline: 6pm Monday 14th February

Rosie James

National Lead,

Trainee Pharmacists in General Practice Programme

Health Education England, 

Thames Valley House | 4630 Kingsgate | Oxford | OX4 2SU

  1. 01865 932099