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Pharmacy Foundation Training Year (FTY) – Scotland recruitment

NES offers a high quality GPhC compliant and fully-funded training programme to Foundation trainee pharmacists covering all sectors of pharmacy practice.

The 2023 recruitment process for Pharmacy Foundation training is now closed. Information regarding the 2024 recruitment process will be published in due course.


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


We provide Foundation trainees excellent benefits, including a salary of approx. £30k in line with NHS Agenda for Change rates, 27 days annual leave and 8 public holidays. In addition to the superb lifestyle opportunities Scotland has to offer, with world-class outdoor activities and culturally vibrant cities, our Pharmacy Foundation training is of the highest quality and includes:

  • higher than UK average common registration assessment pass rates
  • quality assured training sites
  • all sectors of pharmacy practice covered
  • modular programme allowing work experience in up to three sectors of practice
  • NES core curriculum covering key clinical/professional topics
  • designated supervisors trained and supported by NES
  • access to NHS Scotland’s Turas online digital platform
  • electronic portfolio
  • access to NES Pharmacy CPD resources
  • full-length mock registration assessment with two supportive revision sessions on assessment questions and calculations
  • protected study time

Learn more

You can learn more about Pharmacy Foundation training in Scotland by joining our series of information webinars, where you can hear from experts and recent trainees, or watching the videos below which feature recent trainees talking about their experiences.


Are you a pharmacy student considering your Foundation Training Year options for 2025-2026? Why not join our drop-in FTY recruitment webinar on the 30th May 2024. Click here for more information and to register.

This drop-in webinar will give you the opportunity to hear from representatives from NES, Hospital, Modular and Community programmes and there will be an opportunity for Q&A after each session. 

If you are interested, don’t forget to Register! You can drop in and out of the webinar to suit your training preference. See you soon.

If you cannot attend the live session, a recording will be available at a later date. 

You can view last year's recruitment webinar recordings below:

RPS Webinars

Please see below the information relating to the 2023 recruitment process, for reference only. 

We recently held a webinar in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Health Education and Improvement Wales, NHS Education Scotland and the British Pharmaceutical Student Association to discuss key aspects of the National Recruitment Scheme and to answer applicant questions. The full webinar is free to access and available below.

The webinar link is National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment 2023 – Oriel (

Another webinar was held, which focused on the understanding of the Oriel recruitment process and presented first-hand experiences and top tips from students who have recently undergone the process.

The webinar link is Preferencing and student experiences of the Oriel process - Oriel 2023


Hear first-hand accounts of training in Scotland from recent NES Foundation Pharmacy trainees and designated supervisors

Pharmacy Foundation trainee Cara

Pharmacy Foundation trainee Emma

Pharmacy Foundation trainee John

Pharmacy Foundation trainee Erin

Pharmacy Foundation trainee Kenneth talks about his experience of Community and Hospital placements

Pharmacy Foundation trainee Sara talks about her experiences on the modular programme

Hear from Foundation Pharmacy trainees and NES FTY support team

Contact us 

For any queries regarding the Foundation Training Year Recruitment process, please contact the Pharmacy Recruitment Team by going to the Service Desk here and submitting a support request. 

For general pharmacy queries relating to training premises approval or any queries not related to the recruitment process, please email the Pharmacy Team -

Mailing list

If you want to keep in touch with updates on the Foundation Trainee Pharmacist recruitment process you can join our mailing list NHS Education for Scotland (

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