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Pharmacist Foundation and Advanced EPP Training programmes

What is the Pharmacist Foundation Training programme?

The Pharmacist Foundation Training programme is a 2-year programme designed to support pharmacists early in their career. Both NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society provide a programme. The NES programme is more specific to the processes and procedures within Scotland. If you have started a different Foundation Training programme e mail The Pharmacist Foundation Training team to enquire if you can transfer your learning as appropriate. 

The programme is delivered by the Principal Lead Vocational Training and specific Senior Educators for The Pharmacist Foundation Training programme. 

To register to start the Foundation Training programme you need to be registered as a pharmacist with the GPhC.

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What are the benefits of completing Foundation Training? 

Foundation Training provides pharmacists early in their career, helps develop confidence in areas of pharmacy practice, helps develop resilience and also helps through the various rotations FPs to decide in which area they would like to work. 

How do I register?

Registration is online, TWICE per annum and opens on 1st November to start training on 1st February, opens on !st July to start training on 1st September 

After you have registered you will receive Welcome information within approximately 14 days. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you haven’t received the information.  You need to book to attend an induction session via TURAS Learn.  

Why should I attend an induction session?

The induction session aims to ensure that you are familiar with the programme, the framework, the support to help you during your training and the standard required for evidence within your online portfolio. You may attend any induction session you wish.

What do I need to complete as part of the training?

The information is on TURAS Learn and you should access the Guidance document, Competency framework and the Assessment Handbook. Resources that you need to complete for each element of the framework are on the TURAS Learn pages.

What sort of evidence do I need to develop for my online portfolio evidence take?

The competency framework describes the variety of evidence types you will need to develop and templates for developing this evidence are available in the different areas of Turas.

What support is available to help me throughout training? 

Foundation pharmacists are supported throughout their training by:

  • A Tutor/Educational Supervisor who are registered as part of the specific training programme
  • Practice Education Coordinators (NES) / Senior Educators (NES)
  • An Education & Training Lead within your area of practices

What resources are available to help me throughout training?

There are a variety of Core and Optional resources that need completed via the TURAS Learn page

How will I be assessed throughout my training?

Assessment throughout your training is done in a variety of ways from appraisals to Work Based Place Assessment to more formal assessment at the end of the programme. For further details of the assessment processes see the relevant web page. 

If you have any other questions please contact