Here is your chance to be part of a Pharmacy team that does life changing work every day. Join us for your Pre-registration training and you will be based in a store that is purposefully selected to give you a breadth and depth of experience within community pharmacy; supported by experienced tutors and pharmacist trainers.
Will you be looking for a Pre-registration Placement in England in 2021?
Take a look at our Pre-registration hub, where you’ll be able to see our application dates and discover more about our Pre-reg programme, including testimonials and videos from our colleagues.
For additional updates please visit our Facebook page Boots Pharmacy Placement.
Applications open: 9am Monday 13th January 2020
Applications close: 5pm Friday 7th February 2020
Online assessment: Sent within 48 hours of submitting application. This should be completed within five days of receiving the email.
Email sent to shortlisted students: March 2020
NES to complete PRPS placing round 1 & 2: September 2020
Contracts emailed to successful students: October 2020
If you are applying to Scotland, you will need to apply for a pre-registration training place through the NES PRPS scheme in Spring 2019. Visit http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk for further information
Applications open: 23rd October 2019. Applications close: 8th November 2019
Online assessment: Sent within 48 hours of submitting application. This should be completed within several days of receiving the email.
Interview period: 15th, 16th, 21st & 26th November 2019
Verbal offers made and contracts emailed to successful students: If you’re currently working for us: Week commencing 9th December 2019 If you’re not currently working for us: Week commencing 16th December 2019
Pre-registration placements will be advertised through ORIEL in Summer 2020. For information on the ORIEL process please visit www.hee.nhs.uk.
Students who complete our 2020 Summer Placement programme may have the opportunity to secure a 2021 Pre-registration placement with us before the Oriel recruitment process.
All remaining Pre-registration placements will be advertised through ORIEL in Summer 2020. For information on the ORIEL process visit www.hee.nhs.uk.
We have over 700 Pre-registration training pharmacies across the UK. These locations are the stores which are being offered for a 2019 Pre-registration placement. These stores may change for the 2020 Pre-reg intake.
I already work for Boots, do I still need to apply for a Pre-registration placement?
We want to support the further development of our colleagues whenever possible. You may therefore be eligible to receive a direct Pre-registration training offer with us. Please refer to the intranet to see the current guidance.
Do I need to complete a summer pharmacy placement to apply for a Pre-registration placement with Boots?
No, it is no longer a requirement. However, it’s advisable to ensure that you have some experience in pharmacy to relate to during your Pre-registration interview.
I’ve heard that community pharmacy isn’t very clinical, is this true?
We are immersed into primary care, making us the first port of call for many patients when they need help or advice on their symptoms or medicines. In addition to this, we offer a wide range of innovative pharmacy services that pharmacists are given advanced training to deliver. These include Meningitis B, HPV and flu vaccination services. We also have several hospital outpatient pharmacies, supporting us to deliver excellent person-centred care.
What’s next for me after completing my Pre-registration training?
We will support you through the RPS accredited Foundation Programme; building on your knowledge and skills through your first 1000 days of practice. We have an Advanced Practitioner Programme to develop your clinical knowledge and there is an opportunity after that for colleagues to complete a Clinical Diploma and independent prescribing course.
For more information on our Pre-registraion training:
With around 2,500 health and beauty stores across the UK, approximately 90% of the population is estimated to be within a 10-minute drive from one of our stores. For each store, we have developed a multi-format strategy – focusing on giving our customers more of what they want and need. Through the care of our friendly and professional colleagues and our ‘Order & Collect’ service, we make sure our customers have easy access to any of our products, from any store.
These stores are healthcare-focused, community stores. These aim to reach even more of our customers where they want us and work closely with other local healthcare providers to keep local communities healthy.
Health & beauty
Usually located at the edge of town, or on the high-street, these stores offer pharmacy-led care whilst also acting as a destination for shopping. They offer a wide range of products, including all of our leading brands.
These stores have our widest healthcare offering, including extensive pharmacy services, our Opticians practices and our Hearingcare locations and the biggest range of premium beauty and exclusive brands.
Travel and airport stores
These have our targeted ranges, meeting the last minute needs of our customers when they are travelling.
By joining our Pre-registration training programmes, you’ll be offered support by your colleagues and treated as a valuable member of the community. You’ll gather a wide range of experience in a number of services offering, as well as the traditional prescription dispensing. You’ll also have the opportunity to support your local community through additional training such as becoming a Dementia friend or Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist. You will also help towards the development of other team members, using the skills you learn during your placement, such as coaching trainee pharmacy advisors.
During the year, you will be provided with a structured training programme that not only supports you in collecting evidence against the regulator performance standards, but sets you up to sit the registration assessment. Our Pre-registration Pharmacist Programme support your development to becoming a competent, confident pharmacist, allowing you to put your knowledge into practice.
In 2017, we offered a newly qualified pharmacist position to over 90% of our Pre-reg trainees – subject to performance and location during their Pre-registration year. We have a wealth of pharmacy opportunities available and there are many different locations to be placed after you have completed Pre-reg.
We offer a tailored, digital Pre-registration programme which includes:
Digital learning and face-to-face training
You’ll be invited to a welcome day where you can spend some valuable time with your tutor to set you up for the year ahead. We have a digital learning programme on our online learning portal, which gives you the chance to understand our Pre-registration programme better. We also organise monthly face-to-face study days where you can put your knowledge into practice.
Mentoring and professional development
Throughout your year with us, we will provide you with plenty of support to set you up for the registration exam, include calculation papers and a full length mock exam. You’ll also be invited to the annual Pre-registration pharmacist conference, where you can learn about the industry and the opportunities we offer which will be delivered by senior leaders across the business.
Care & support
Supporting each other is at the core of our culture. During your Pre-registration year you’ll be supported, not only by your tutor and other colleagues in store, but by your area and regional team, including a Healthcare Academy Trainer. We believe in giving you the best support to get you through your Pre-registration exam.
“The hard work I put in during my time at university was finally put into practice. Working with a big Pharmacy team, in one of the busiest stores in the company made me develop resilience and leadership skills. I am grateful for the amazing people that have helped me throughout this exciting journey, along with having a structured pre-reg year”
“The best part of my pre-reg year with Boots has to be attending the Let’s Connect conference, where I got to learn more about the company, speak to other professionals within the company and attend the Boots Gala with all the other pre-reg pharmacists”
“Having worked for Boots before university, I wanted to continue with Boots as a pre-reg due to the training Boots provided. My store has been fantastic in providing plenty of opportunities to learn”
“The company has a brilliant ethos, to provide easy access to the best advice and healthcare. With a huge emphasis being placed on person-centred care I knew that this company would help develop me into the best pharmacist I could ever be. The support from colleagues, my fellow Pre-reg’s, Pre-reg’s on the online forum, my healthcare academy trainer and the management team in my store made the transition from university to working full time easy.”
“I chose to stay and complete my Pre-Registration training with Boots, as I have been exposed to the development of the business throughout the years, understanding how the company operates, the extensive support that is provided during training, and networking extensively with various pharmacists across several pharmacies”
It all began in 1849 with a family and a store in Nottingham. John Boot opened the first herbalist shop that offered an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. It enabled the poorest to help themselves and championed everyone’s right to feel good. John Boot’s son, Jesse later took over the business, helping it to dramatically grow through manufacturing. This was the start of the store turning from a small family business, into the Boots we know today.
This is our story so far:
From humble beginnings, we have grown to become one of the biggest pharmacies in the world. Despite this growth, our people are still at the heart of our business. Nearly 170 years later, we still want to show others what it really means to make a difference. Our purpose has always been to champion everyone’s right to feel good. Across 2,500 stores, and the people that work in them. People who care. People like you.
Abena is a newly qualified Pharmacist. She completed her Pre-reg training last year and this video describes her journey.
Jasmin is our Learning & Development Manager, she answers some questions you may have about our Pre-reg year.
Marc is our Chief Pharmacist, he answers some questions about his career and our Pre-reg training programme.