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PRPS expressions of interest for the 2020-21 training year

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

This communication is regarding involvement in the 2020/21 training year of the national Pre-registration Pharmacist Scheme (PRPS).

As part of the preparations for the recruitment process for this training year, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are now seeking expressions of interest from pharmacy organisations - Training Providers - who would like to be involved in the scheme for 2020/21.

Would you be interested in participating in the PRPS for this specific training year?

If you are interested, please email, by no later than Friday 1st February 2019.

Please confirm or provide the details of the main contact person for Pre-Registration training in your organisation. NES will also require a name and email address.

Details of the recruitment process

When the list of Training Providers expressing an interest has been collated, further communication will be issued directly providing details of the recruitment process for the 2020/21 training year and how to access the on-line PRPS recruitment system.

For those of you who are familiar with PRPS recruitment, please be advised that we are moving our online recruitment portal from SMT to Oriel. The recruitment process and timescales will be similar to previous years, the only change will be using a different online system. Guidance and logins for the new system will be provided once we have collated a list of interested Training Providers.

Approximate deadlines for Training Providers

In the meantime, please be advised of the following key requirements and approximate deadlines for all Training Providers:

  • Indicate your expression of interest for the 2020/21 PRPS Training Year (By Friday 1st February 2019)
  • Complete and submit your Training Provider Information Statement - TPIS (By the end of February 2019)
  • Confirm if your organisation currently holds a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and if yes, how many places you would be willing to allocate to the PRPS recruitment process (By the end of February 2019)

The following link will give you further information about Tier 2 Sponsorship.

  • Confirm commitment to the terms of the Educational Agreement (Further information will be provided in due course)
  • Submit list of preferred candidates via Training Provider Preference List on the on-line recruitment system (by approx mid July 2019)
  • Submit rank order of candidate preferences on the on-line recruitment system (by approx mid August 2019)

For more information

Some information on the scheme is available on the NES Pharmacy website but if you would like to discuss involvement in the scheme further, please do not hesitate to give Gail Craig (Principal Lead Pharmacy Educational Development at NES) a call on 0131 656 3200 or contact her by email at