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Pre-registration pharmacist training in General Practice

Don’t miss out on this exciting placement opportunity: add to your Oriel preference list by 31st October.

On these pre-registration training programmes, trainees will spend between three and six months in general practice, in conjunction with hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration training. Over 200 training places offering a significant learning experience in general practice are available this year.

How will choosing pre-registration training in general practice impact your career and training? Find out from three recently qualified pharmacists Grace, Lulua and Saran. 

“Success in the GP practice setting is something that challenges you. Something that keeps you doing, something new and different, which I think probably involves putting you out of your comfort zone – I think I did quite a lot! Something where you think you’re learning – where you’re not kind of standing in one place - and I think something that you enjoy is important - where you work and where you’re going every day.” // Pre-registration pharmacist, general practice placement.


What are the benefits of training in general practice?


The opportunity to develop a broader skillset

We speak to pharmacist Lulua Farwati about her experience doing pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice and how this helped her prepare for her exams and competencies.


  • Training in more than one sector allows you to develop a broader range of knowledge and skills through the different experiences offered in each sector.
  • The training is designed to prepare you for the registration assessment but also to develop the core skills required of pharmacists both now and in the future.
  • Develop and practise clinical and physical assessment techniques and gain strong consultation skills.
  • Experience the management of both acute and chronic conditions and see first-hand the role pharmacists have in delivering healthcare in general practice.

The advantage is that you are learning from two different environments that both complement each other. The prescriptions we issue are the prescriptions they dispense, we just work hand in hand. Our challenges are the same and our successes are the same.” // Pre-registration pharmacist, general practice placement.

Developing an understanding of a growing sector of practice

Saran qualified four years ago, find out how her experience in training in a GP surgery helped build her knowledge, prepared her for her exams and has impacted her long term career.​


  • The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to have a large workforce of pharmacy professionals working alongside the multidisciplinary team in general practice as part of the emerging primary care networks. Undertaking a significant portion of your pre-registration training in general practice will help you to understand these developments as well as increasing your knowledge, skills and competence in this area of practice. These placements will make you better placed to work in general practice as part of your future career.

General practice pharmacy is the way forward for me, and the future pharmacists as well. I think we’re a huge asset to the general practice team. // Pre-registration pharmacist, general practice placement.

Being better prepared for practice as a pharmacist in all sectors

Grace is a qualified pharmacist, hear Grace talk about how her experience doing a split 50-50 pre-registration training in GP surgery and community pharmacy broadened her experience, built her knowledge and has impacted her long term career.

  • Irrespective of your career aspirations, you will have to understand how people are managed and supported in general practice. By learning how healthcare is delivered in general practice you will be better able to support patients in secondary care when they transition across the care interface. If you work in a community pharmacy, you will be better able to understand how to interact with and support your colleagues working in general practice.
  • The skills you can develop will also help you in delivering care, including your ability to deal with low and medium acuity conditions and manage them autonomously.
  • Learning and applying clinical and physical assessment skills will also better prepare you to undertake an independent prescribing qualification later in your career.

All the training places in this project will be recruited to via Oriel national recruitment. All the places have been added to Oriel and can be found by filtering by the number of placements (tick 2, 3 and 4 placements).

You can also filter by the employer type; either hospital or community pharmacy (primary care) as well as region and location.

When you click “view details” for any programme you will be able to see more details on the number and type of placements.

Remember the preferencing window closes on 31st October 2019.

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The structure is decided in partnership between the general practice and the employing pharmacy. It is dependent on several factors, including the working pattern of the pharmacist in general practice, the duration of the placement and the number of trainees undertaking the placements. The placements in general practice may be a single block or multiple blocks, or the working week might be divided between the different sectors of practice.

Irrespective of the structure, all trainees will have a minimum of three months' general practice experience and will be supported to meet the expected placement outcomes.

All GP practices selected to be a part of this project have a pharmacist working in a clinical patient-facing role. All trainees will, therefore, have a tutor based in the general practice as well as a tutor based in the employing sector.

Additional support will also be available from the Health Education England pharmacy GP team for trainees who are taking part in this project.

The pilot for pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice launched in 2019, with the first cohort beginning their placements in July/August 2019. The pilot gave them three to six months of structured training experience in general practice. Over 100 trainees were recruited across England. 

The pilot is providing trainees with the opportunity to train in general practice as part of their pre-registration year, in conjunction with a hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration programme. Significant work is underway to support these sites in the development of their placements including the development of an education framework.

A second year of the pilot is starting Summer 2020. Expressions of interest for sites were sought in early 2019 and over 200 placements have been agreed which are being recruited to as part of the Oriel national recruitment system. Oriel applications are now live, and students will be able to select their preferred training programmes from August 2019. The preferencing window closes on 31st October 2019.

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If you want more information you can contact individual employers or for more general information you can email GPPreregPharm@hee.nhs.uk

What next?

Go to the Oriel website to find programmes that include a general practice placement. If you want more information about a specific programme contact the employer.