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Foundation Training

What is Vocational Foundation Training?

Foundation Training is a NES Pharmacy competency based training programme, accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, that takes approximately 2 years to complete. It equips pharmacists with a broad range of 'general' skills and enable them to gain a wide variety of experience within pharmacy practice.

Vocational Foundation Training is now available for Community, Hospital and Primary Care pharmacists. In some Health Board areas, a cross sector rotation is offered so that training occurs in both Hospital and Primary Care (in a GP practice). There is ONE framework (curriculum) within Turas Portfolio for Foundation Training. This is a combined framework with core competencies and sector specific competencies depending on your role. Assessment is tailored to the areas in which you have practised.

Pharmacists generally register for Vocational Foundation Training straight after their pre - registration year.

Please click the picture below to follow the link to view our recently developed animation, which explains Foundation Training further. 

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Please find below more information about the Foundation Training Programme.

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What is the curriculum?

Pharmacists undertaking this training are required to complete a competency framework, undertake some underpinning knowledge (core resources) and develop a structured, reflective personal online portfolio. There is a Guidance Document, Resources Booklet and an Assessment Handbook to help you get started on your training pathway.

How do I register?

Register as a trainee

Register as a tutor

Programme Updates

Dates for your diary


NES Pharmacy offer several courses, subject to availability, to help you develop your leadership skills. For more information, please refer to our Leadership page.

If you wish to discuss further, please contact Fiona McMillan (0141 223 1619) Principal Lead Pharmacist, Vocational Training and Leadership Development.

The content of programme is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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