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 the FP portfolio of evidence developed during their in-practice training to NICPLD for verification. FP pharmacists must also undertake a final interview assessment. On successful completion of both parts of the assessment process (portfolio and interview), FP pharmacists will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.
NICPLD currently offers foundation programmes to pharmacists working in the following roles:
NICPLD is an accredited RPS Foundation Schools and thus is recognised as working in partnership with employers to provide quality assured workplace education and training infrastructures, provide tutor training, provide assessments based on competency and performance, and provide a quality assured award that meets RPS standards for Foundation Programme.