Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme (FP) is a work-based programme designed to support early-career pharmacists to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe and effective pharmaceutical care to patients.

The programme requires pharmacists to evidence the 26 competencies within the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework via the development of a portfolio. To support the development of the required competencies, pharmacists attend workshop sessions and undertake structured practice activities within the workplace. Pharmacists undertaking the Foundation Programme are supported by an Educational Supervisor, a more experienced practitioner who can provide support and guidance throughout the programme.

To successfully complete the Foundation Programme, pharmacists must submit their FP portfolio of evidence developed during their in-practice training to NICPLD for assessment. Candidates whose portfolio meets the required standard will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

NICPLD currently offers foundation programmes to pharmacists working in the following roles:

NB these programmes CLOSED to new applicants on 31st May 2022. Pharmacists can apply to join Part 1 of the new Post-Registration Foundation Programme (FP1) which starts in September 2022 - click here to access the application form.

Further information about FP1 can be found in the FP1 handbook.

A recording of the Post-Reg FP (PRFP) launch webinar on Monday 20th June 2022 can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/722161605/b138e950c6. Click here for a handout of the slides.

Last updated: 6th August 2018