Pre-registration trainees

Foundation Training Grant Payments: Go-live and Submission Dates Update

From Thursday 14 September, contractors will be able to complete their training grant applications entirely online for immediate submission to NHSBSA.

Action: Please submit your grant application as soon as possible. Those contractors with trainees who started in July 2023 and who submit between 14th September and 23.59 on 21st September will receive their July payment in October.

Any technical queries with the MYS portal should be addressed to

Further information is available here 

Oriel Registration for Trainee Pharmacists – July 2023 Start

A national recruitment and selection scheme for foundation trainee pharmacist programmes, utilising the Oriel IT platform, was adopted by Health Education England in 2017 and since then it has been used for foundation trainee pharmacist recruitment. Oriel has been used for the recruitment of dentists, doctors and healthcare scientists for many years and for pharmacy recruitment for the last 5 years.Applicants to the scheme are required to complete one application form for foundation training and to preference foundation 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) to attract applicants to preference them as part of their application.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

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:

 HEE – Help Shape Post-Registration Training

If you’d like to contribute to helping HEE identify gaps/needs around post-registration education and training, please contact Rachel MacDonald at  or by calling 07990019360