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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Pharmacy recruitment - Foundation training year (FTY) (formerly PRPS)

Programme Name Change

Following the General Pharmaceutical Council's recent announcement, going forward the Pre-registration Training Year will be known as the Foundation Training Year (FTY). Pre-registration trainees will be known as trainee pharmacists and tutors will be known as designated supervisors. The changes will be enacted from July 2021, however, the terms Pre-registration Training Year and Foundation Training Year may be used interchangeably for the foreseeable future.

Regardless of the terminology used, you can be assured that all training places available via the National Recruitment Scheme have been approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council to provide an accredited training programme.

We manage the educational infrastructure for trainee pharmacists in Scotland through the Foundation Training Year (FTY)

The main components of the FTY include; a centralised recruitment process, a standardised training programme and quality assurance of the national programme.

FTY recruitment

We coordinate a centralised recruitment process whereby the selection of suitable recruits into the FTY is by means of a standardised, quality assured process. The placement of successful trainee pharmacists is carried out considering both the preferences of the trainee and the training provider.

The Foundation Training Year gives trainee pharmacists the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and experience in real-life situations under the guidance and supervision of a GPhC approved designated supervisor.

Previous trainee pharmacists and designated supervisors

Hear what some of our previous trainee pharmacists and designated supervisors have to say about their experience of training:

Frederick (trainee pharmacist)

Artemis (trainee pharmacist)

Emma and Eilidh (trainee pharmacists)

Lauren (trainee pharmacist)

Kazia (trainee pharmacist)

Fiona (designated supervisor)


Pharmacy Recruitment

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