Pre-registration trainees: advice for contractors & trainees


National Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme 2021 Invitation to Participate

A national recruitment and selection scheme for pre-registration pharmacist training programmes, utilising the ORIEL IT platform, was adopted by Health Education England in 2017 and it has been used for pre-registration pharmacist recruitment for the last 4 years. ORIEL has been used for the recruitment of dentists, doctors and healthcare scientists for many years.

Applicants to the scheme are required to complete one application form for pre-registration training and to preference pre-registration training programmes they wish to be considered for as part of the recruitment process. The ORIEL IT platform allows all training sites to equally advertise the unique qualities of their training programme(s) in order to attract applicants to preference them as part of their application.

The deadline to submit your form(s) is 11.59pm on 1st March 2021. Please note late submissions will not be accepted.

A letter from Health Education England (HEE) has been published which includes full details on the actions required to participate in the scheme. Read the letter here

Pre-registration support

We have been contacted by a number of contractors who are looking to support pre-registration students who have not passed their pre-reg exam and are in need of additional placements and support.

If you are a contractor or pre-registration student wanting to connect with other pre-registration students in a similar position then please get in touch with us using this form  and we will contact you.

You will need to provide a short paragraph explaining your position, student’s name and contact details along with whether it is a placement you are looking for or to be part of a network, as well as permission to share the details with other contractors via a private message.

Contractors able to support, perhaps covering maternity cover, long term sickness or increased operational demand, can also get in touch and we will be able to connect you with those looking for opportunities.

Resources for employers keen to recruit pre-reg trainees

Pharmacy employers can now register to recruit pre-reg trainees via Oriel for the 2020/21. Registration opened in January 2019. If you would like to recruit pre-reg trainees via Oriel (rather than independently) in summer 2020, you must register by 1st March 2019. We have produced some briefings to help contractors/pharmacy managers understand more about the national Oriel system for recruiting pre-reg pharmacist trainees – this system was used for the first time in community pharmacy in 2018 but is likely to gain in popularity and become increasingly important.

Recorded webinar & guidance on using Oriel to recruit pre-reg trainees:

Watch our recorded Oriel webinar (11th Feb 2019)

In this GM Healthcare Academy, guest presenter Khalid Khan – Training Programme Director for Pre-Reg (North West), Health Education England – explains:

  • What Oriel is
  • Why pharmacy students choose it to find their placements
  • Pros & cons for pharmacy employers, compared with direct recruitment
  • Application deadlines
  • How to market your placement successfully, so it’s attractive to trainees

Further resources

GMLPC bite-sized guides to Oriel:

Resources for pre-reg trainees

CPPE now publish a newsletter for pre-reg trainees. You can access copies of the newsletter here: