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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Pharmacist foundation and advanced expert professional practice (EPP) training

We provide education and training to registered pharmacists to enable them to work in a variety of settings. 

Foundation training

The 2-year pharmacist foundation training programme supports pharmacists early in their career.

NES and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society each 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 contact the pharmacist foundation training team to enquire if you can transfer your learning as appropriate.

Foundation training supports foundation pharmacists (FPs) early in their career, to:

  • develop confidence in different areas of practice
  • develop resilience
  • adapt to the various rotations in which they decide on their preferred area of work

Before registration applicants will be required to undertake an induction session to:

  • ensure applicants are familiar with the programme
  • provide support the programme
  • communicate the standard required for portfolio evidence

Assessment takes place in a variety of ways, from appraisals to work based assessment, to more formal assessment at the end of the programme.

To start the foundation training programme you need to be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council

Register and find more detailed information about foundation training programme on Turas Learn

Advanced expert professional practice (EPP) training

Advanced Expert Professional Practice (EPP) training is available after completion of the foundation training programme. 

Designed to equip practitioners working within a specific area of practice with more advanced, specialist skills.

Practitioners develop an online portfolio over an 18 month-2-year period to demonstrate competence in the advanced area of practice.

Currently there are frameworks available for:

  • Infection and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Public Health
  • The Pharmaceutical Care of Older People
  • Pharmacists Working in a GP Practice (for all information for this programme inc. registration)
  • Advanced EPP Training

Apply via the Portal

Ideally educational supervisors should register throughout the same time period as foundation pharmacists.

But you can register at any time throughout the year but will still need to attend a regional induction event and complete the online training modules before you start tutoring an advanced EPP pharmacist.

Become a tutor

Complete the tutor registration form to become a foundation or advanced EPP tutor.


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society

General Pharmaceutical Council

Turas Learn

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Last updated: 27/09/2020

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