Post-reg Foundation Programme - FP1

The Post-reg Foundation Programme (PRFP) is a work-based programme designed to support early career pharmacists to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe, effective and proficient patient care.

The PRFP covers the outcomes of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Post-registration Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum in all five domains:

  • Person-centred care & collaboration
  • Professional practice
  • Leadership & management
  • Education
  • Research

These outcomes are covered in two parts:

FP2 builds upon FP1, and pharmacists must have completed FP1 before commencing FP2.

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.

Part 1 of the NICPLD Post-reg Foundation Programme (FP1) aims to provide structured workplace learning experiences to support patient-focused pharmacists in Northern Ireland to deliver safe and effective care to individual patients. The emphasis in FP1 is on developing competence (the ability to perform consistently to the required standard) using authentic activities in practice (rather than classroom activities).

FP1 is intended to be flexible to accommodate individual learning needs and service requirements. During FP1, pharmacists develop a portfolio and undertake practice activities which help them to develop and demonstrate their competence in a range of different practice areas. How this works in practice will depend on both the workplace establishment and the individual pharmacist. Reflective practice is encouraged and FP1 pharmacists are expected to maintain appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records.

Throughout FP1, pharmacists are supported in the workplace by an Educational Supervisor (ES). In larger workplace establishments the ES may be assisted by local Practice Supervisors (PS) who are able to support the FP1 pharmacist’s learning and development and observe their practice on a more routine basis. There are also workshops/webinars and online courses for FP1 pharmacists and a formal assessment process.

Last updated: 28th August 2023