National Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum

Standardising pharmacy training


Our national curriculum for newly qualified pharmacists launches in Spring 2021, providing a standard approach to training for newly registered UK patient-facing pharmacists.

The curriculum will be used across the UK to develop educational programmes, inform the GPhC initial education and training reform programme and support the training of foundation pharmacists during the transition phase.

A curriculum workstream has been formed and membership represents all main UK stakeholders ensuring geographic and sector diversity. The curriculum is being developed in line with our RPS Curriculum Development Quality Framework, which defines the standards to be met by any RPS post-registration pharmacy curriculum.

The curriculum is based on the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework (2019), with five broad practice domains from registration to advanced and consultant practice.

  • Professional practice
  • Communication and collaborative working
  • Leadership and management
  • Education
  • Research.

In previous rounds of the iterative consultation we’ve had a lot of comments about how the outcomes will be assessed and how many pieces of evidence will be required. The assessment workstream commenced in September 2020 and is considering these types of questions to make sure the programme of assessment is clear, in line with best assessment practice and is going to work across all sectors.


We'll be consulting on draft curriculum at the end of 2020 and expect to launch in Spring 2021.

Send us your feedback

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Your feedback would be very welcome, especially on delivery, feasibility, relevance to countries and sectors, and impact on different groups.

The documents below will be available to comment on until Monday 9 November 2020.

Submit your feedback via our online form

Any questions? email [email protected]