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Information about Foundation Training Year (2021/22 only)

Information on Foundation training in Northern Ireland is available in the Standards for Foundation Training Year.

This document sets out the Standards for foundation training in 2021/22 and reflects the previous requirements that existed when training was referred to as pre-registration training. Within the document, there are some minor changes to terminology; tutors are now called Educational Supervisors and, from 01 July 2021, any changes in training arrangements should be directed to NICPLD who will be responsible for the management and development of the Foundation Training Year and for providing support to trainees and Educational Supervisors.

Applicants must hold a MPharm degree/OSPAP from a UK-based University recognised by the Pharmaceutical Society NI or the General Pharmaceutical Council. The Pharmaceutical Society NI must have evidence that you have been awarded a degree from a recognised University before any period of training can commence. If you do not have your degree certificate at this stage, we will accept email confirmation from your university.

Employer Information

Any pharmacist who wishes to employ a trainee must ensure their premises are registered for this purpose.  This process is now completed on an annual basis and is included in your trainee’s application form (Page 14).

The Standards for Foundation Training Year contains information regarding training requirements of employers.

Educational Supervisor Information

For a pharmacist to act as a Educational Supervisor he/she (i) must have been in practice in the aspect of pharmacy with which the particular establishment is concerned for a minimum of three years and (ii) must have attended a recognised accreditation course.

A pharmacist who has completed the accreditation course must attend a further reaccreditation course every five years.

From 01 July 2021, all Tutors who have up to date accreditation with the Pharmaceutical Society NI will automatically become Educational Supervisors. The term ‘Educational Supervisor’ will be adopted nationally within the pharmacy profession and is used across the healthcare professions to refer to someone with mentoring responsibility.

Tutor/Educational Supervisor accreditation and re-accreditation for 2021/22

The Pharmaceutical Society NI will continue to operate the accreditation events for pharmacists wishing to supervise a trainee in 2021/2022. Pharmacists who wish to gain accreditation to act as an Educational Supervisor for the first time, or those who wish to renew their accreditation and who were last accredited in 2016, will need to attend an accreditation event in 2021. Further details about accreditation events will follow in the coming weeks. Those pharmacists who are currently accredited from 2017 onwards will not need to attend a re-accreditation event in 2021.

The Standards for Foundation Training Year contains information regarding training requirements of Educational Supervisors.