January 2024 HEIW Post Registration Foundation Pharmacist Programme

Published on: 26th October 2023 | Updated on: 26th October 2023

Opportunities for early career pharmacists: January 2024 vacancies now open, 25 October 2023

Embark on a journey of professional in Wales with the HEIW Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Programme

Are you an early career pharmacist looking to take your professional journey to the next level?

Do you aspire to develop a solid foundation in pharmacy and gain valuable qualifications?

If so, our Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist programme, delivered in partnership with Cardiff University and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), has the perfect opportunity for you.

Programme overview

This programme is designed for early career pharmacists who are 18 to 24 months registered. It offers an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours. This will enable you to confidently practice in various pharmacy sectors at a generalist post-registration foundation level.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will:

  • Earn 80 postgraduate level credits from Cardiff University 
  • Obtain an Independent Prescribing (IP) Practice Certificate from Cardiff University
  • Earn a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Post-registration foundation credential

Programme entry details

To take part in this exciting opportunity, pharmacists must enrol at Cardiff University by early December 2023, with the programme starting in January 2024.

The programme will continue to run until the new General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) initial education and training standards for pharmacists are fully implemented by July 2026.

Support and learning

Pharmacists will receive extensive support, including educational supervision, practice supervision, and guidance from a designated prescribing practitioner for the independent prescribing element. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and build communities of practice with fellow peers, creating a network of support.

Programme components

The programme encompasses several essential components, including:

  • Experiential learning within multidisciplinary teams
  • Protected time in practice to develop evidence and engage in programme activities
  • A blended teaching approach with Cardiff University
  • Completion of postgraduate credit modules (80 credits)
  • Attainment of an independent prescribing qualification

Successful completion of this programme paves the way for pharmacists to advance their careers through The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) advanced practice pathway.

Available Vacancies

This programme presents a range of placement opportunities across multiple healthcare settings.

  • Community Pharmacy, with 5 vacancies for January 2024 available
  • GP Practices with 4 vacancies for January 2024 available
  • Managed Sector (Primary & Secondary care opportunities) with 3 vacancies for January 2024 available

To apply for these vacancies, pharmacists will need to contact the employer directly. More information about the vacancies available and employer contacts is available on our pharmacy webpage.

Contact and Resources

For more information or inquiries about the HEIW Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Programme in partnership with Cardiff University and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), please email HEIW.PRFP@wales.nhs.uk or visit the programme page.