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Training available for Pharmacists


Health Education England support pharmacists to complete a range of courses including post-graduate diplomas, non-medical prescribing and advanced practice courses.


  • Pre-registration for trainee pharmacists

    The pre-registration year for pharmacists is aimed at supporting the transition from pharmacy student to registered qualified pharmacist.

    In order to fulfil this goal you will be required to demonstrate that you have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes and that they can be applied in a practice setting.

    This pre-registration training aims to support your development to become a competent and confident practising pharmacist. The training can be undertaken in hospital, community or split placement formats (e.g. hospital with CCG/GP).

    We have a variety of hospital trusts/split placements and community placements with opportunities for pre-registration pharmacists across the north.

  • Early careers pharmacists

    During the early career period, a pharmacists’ development is pivotal. They must use the knowledge, behaviours and skills that they have learned during their training and apply this to their day-to-day practice as an independent registered practitioner.

    The HEE Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway assists early career pharmacists to do this and also aims to link the initial education and training reforms to a continuum of development post-registration.

    This optional pathway is designed for early career pharmacists across all sectors, to help them meet their development needs as they enter practice. The pathway is also intended to help pharmacists make the transition to more independent learning, acting as a stepping-stone towards enhanced and advanced practice.

  • Pharmacists advanced training

    Advanced practice is a broad term describing a spectrum ranging from the early post-foundation years, extending through to consultant level practice. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Advanced Pharmacy Framework is a tool used to stage levels of practice, identify areas for development and underpin a professional portfolio.

    There are different routes to advanced practice after foundation training. Some pharmacists will undertake post-graduate certificate, diploma or degree either in a generalist (e.g. primary care) or specialist (e.g. oncology, clinical education) area. Other educational resources are available to support pharmacists instead of completing a programme at a higher education institute, including RPS FacultyNHS Leadership Academy and Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

  • Non-medical prescribing

    Fully funded Independent Prescribing training is available to pharmacists who are deployed as part of certain programmes.

    To find out more, including eligibility criteria and course providers please visit Pharmacy integration fund courses for pharmacists.


For more information or to view the HEE advanced practice handbook please visit – https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/medicines-optimisation/training-pharmacists