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Information for Trainee Applicants

Welcome to the Pre-Registration Pharmacist Scheme (PRPS) 2018/19

Candidates who are interested in applying for a place on the PRPS for the 2018-19 training year, are advised to refer to the information below on a regular basis throughout the recruitment period.

Helpful information including key recruitment dates, a link to the online recruitment system, the Person Specification and information booklets to guide applicants through the process, will be posted in this section throughout the year. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with this information in order to fully prepare for the recruitment process and make the most of this opportunity.

As a prospective applicant, you are advised to refer to the recruitment timetable (below) and we advise you to add these key dates to your diary.

 Cand - Recruitment Timetable

Below is a flowchart of the PRPS Recruitment Process 

2017 PRPS - Flowchart - Website

** Please note that it is anticipated that the Assessment Centre will be held in Edinburgh, however this is TBC.

Applicant Guidance 

The PRPS Information Booklet for Prospective Trainees (2017) contains information for the prospective 2018/19 training cohort regarding how the scheme is structured and how the recruitment process operates. The document will be published at the end of April, prior to applications opening on 2 May 2017. The Job Description and Person Specification are also very important and provide specific details of the criteria that candidates are required to demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. All applicants are strongly advised to read these documents thoroughly: 

PRPS Information Booklet for Prospective Trainees 2017 

PRPS Person Specification 2017 

PRPS Advert 2017 

The PRPS Applicant Guide contains important information regarding the online application process. The document includes instructions on how to register online, tips for completing each section of the application form and also details of what constitutes a complete application. All applicants MUST read this document thoroughly prior to completing an application: 

PRPS Applicant Guide 2017   

Below you can access the NES PRPS Presentation which gives further detail regarding the recruitment process. Please note, the screenshots of the online recruitment system account are from previous application processes and as such are just a representation and may not be identical to this year.  

NES PRPS Presentation

Online Recruitment System

The online recruitment system will be used throughout the recruitment process for the following purposes:

  • Access Training Provider Information Statements [Activated 13 March 2017]
  • Complete a PRPS Application Form [Applications open on 2 May 2017]
  • Select a date and time for attending the Assessment Centre  [Upon successful invitation to attend the PRPS Assessment Centre]
  • Complete a Candidate Preference List  [Submitted by 12 midday on Friday 8 September 2017] 

Please click the following link to first create an online account. Once you have created an account, you can use the same link to log-in, as recruitment progresses:

Online Link

**The Online Recruitment System opened on 15 March 2017 

Assessment Centre September 2017

The Assessment Centre Guidance 2017 contains important information regarding the structure and content of the Assessment Centre being held on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September 2017. All applicants attending the Assessment Centre MUST read this document carefully in order to prepare for the event.

Assessment Centre Guidance 2017  

Offer Process 2017

Offers shall be made in waves from 18 September 2017 until 27 September 2017. The Offer Process Guidance 2017 provides important information regarding the offer process, including the different options an applicant may choose in response to any offer made and the deadline by which they must respond to any offer made. All applicants MUST read this document carefully before responding to any offer made.

Offer Process Guidance 2017  

Contact Us

We encourage all prospective trainees, who are NOT UK citizens, to contact us at  This will allow us to advise you on the recruitment process on an individual basis. This includes those who are EEA nationals.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Pharmacy Recruitment Team