Pre-Registration Pharmacist Training

If you want to become a practicing pharmacist you are required to undertake a period of pre-registration pharmacy training. It can be difficult to decide between the healthcare environment for the beginning of your career.

NHS hospital, or prison setting including NHS community services, is more likely to appeal if you enjoy working with a wide range of healthcare professionals as you deliver patient care, with a focus on medicines. Across NHS employers there are clear career structures in place.

Choosing where to undertake your pre-registration pharmacist training is an important decision to make. To help you to discover what is on offer from the hospital employers in the Midlands and East region, our employers have each produced a fact sheet about their posts which will help you to see what is available. Download the regional guide from the bottom of this page.

Some hospital trusts offer vacation experience or visits to their department. 

Why not watch the video below to see what the Midlands and East region has to offer.


Pre-Registration Pharmacist Posts Across Primary Care 

The General Practice Forward View committed over £100million to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21.

Clinical pharmacists in general practice are viewed as part of the solution to the current workforce crisis in primary care, and meeting patient demand through a workforce of the right skills mix. In order to qualify as a pharmacist, individuals need to complete a 4-year master’s degree in pharmacy (MPharm), followed by a year in practice called a pre-registration year. Most pre-registration pharmacists currently spend most of their year with a single employer, either a community pharmacy, or a hospital pharmacy department; very few pre-registration pharmacist trainees are based in general practice.

As part of the strategy to develop and integrate the NHS workforce and enhance multi-professional team working, Health Education England (HEE) is supporting an exciting and innovative programme to transform pre-registration pharmacist training.

Building upon learning from previous local models of rotations we are piloting a programme in which pre-registration pharmacists undertake an extended rotation in a GP practice. We are now inviting expressions of interest from GP practices and pharmacies to participate in this split pre-registration pharmacist programme for trainees due to start in the summer of 2020. If you are an employer wishing to participate, please complete the expression of interest by Wednesday 13th February 2019 at:

The programme aim is to provide trainees with a deep understanding of how practices operate, and how pharmacy can play an integral role in patient care, helping to create a workforce with an enhanced understanding across healthcare interfaces. For further information please see the information pack for prospective host sites at the bottom of this page.


Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

You can apply directly to become a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician straight from school. Applicants will need to apply direct to Trusts through vacancies on 

The minimum entry requirement is usually 4 GSCEs grade C or above and will include English, Maths & Science.
You will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF) plus the Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.

For more information visit NHS Health Careers by clicking on the link below.