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Post-Registration Foundation Programme for Pharmacists

This programme, that launched in Autumn 2021, has been aligned to the UK wide, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), Post-Registration Foundation curriculum and has been developed with key stakeholders for pharmacists early in their career. It includes specific requirements and content to reflect the needs of the patients, work force and service delivery in NHS Scotland (1). It is a structured programme with support for Foundation pharmacists and Educational Supervisors provided by members of the Post-Registration Foundation programme team. A key aspect of this specific programme is that it includes, until January 2027, should progression allow, the opportunity to progress to an Independent Prescribing course delivered by one of the universities in Scotland. 


Registration will open from 1st August 2024 to 12 midday Friday 6th September 2024. 

  • The programme is aimed at pharmacists early in their career. However, those who have more experience and wish to join the programme, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have more than 2 years experience working as a qualified pharmacist, contact the team at the email address below and we will let you know if you are eligible to join the programme.
  • To enable progression and completion within approximately 2.5 -3 years, learners should ideally work 3 days per week and due to the funding model within community pharmacy, be with the same employer. 
  • Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accommodate locum pharmacists.  

Please read the information about the programme and if you are eligible, use the link in the flyer to register to start the programme at the next available training start date. 

Post Registration Foundation Programme for Newly Qualified Pharmacists [PDF]

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1. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Post Registration Foundation curriculum  

Information about the training programme

Foundation Pharmacists who have passed the RPS Assessment

Siobhan Dobie

As an early career pharmacist, I began the RPS Post-Registration Foundation Credentialing journey when I first qualified. This greatly aided my transition to hospital after completing my foundation training year in the community sector.

Continue reading by clicking on the following link: Achieving RPS Post-Registration Foundation Credentialing





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Last updated: Monday, July 15, 2024

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