Our Pharmacy Programmes

Foundation Training Year
Boots Pharmacy Placement
  • Foundation Training Year Foundation Training Year
    Foundation Training Year Foundation Training Year

    As a Trainee Pharmacist you’ll receive expert support from your store team and the wider Boots pharmacy network. In return, our patients will benefit from your empathy, patience and focus. Together we’ll continue to be the trusted and much-loved community pharmacy we’ve been for more than 170 years.

    • Mpharm
    • 1 year
    • Multiple stores available
  • Boots Pharmacy Placement Boots Pharmacy Placement
    Boots Pharmacy Placement Boots Pharmacy Placement

    A summer placement is a great opportunity to benefit from some extra work experience and to get to know us a little better before joining the Foundation Training Year.

During the Foundation Training year you’ll work in store with your pharmacy team, spending time getting to know them and your patients too. At the same time, you’ll continue your training online and also attend learning days with other Trainee Pharmacists from Boots stores in your area.

Is this you?

Studying towards an MPharm Degree, your training will have helped you understand the importance of showing empathy and care, even when you’re feeling under pressure. Seen by others as a reliable team player, you’ll be willing to work hard alongside your colleagues, showing that you’re an innovative and forward thinking pharmacy expert who’s flexible and open to change.

Your Journey

Digital learning and face-to-face training

You’ll have a mix of clinical study, calculation support and registration assessment days as well as time focusing on pharmacy and consultation skills.

In England we now offer split placements where you can also spend time training in either a General Practice or hospital. You can then join our 1,000 day foundation programme, including the chance to train for a Clinical diploma.

Register your interest

The Boots Pharmacy Placement, which is open to current third year MPharm students, is a great way to put your learning into practice over the summer.

Students who perform well during their Boots Pharmacy Placement may receive a Foundation Training Year offer for a role in one of their preferred locations across England, Northern Ireland, or Scotland.

Applications for our 2021 Boots Pharmacy Placements have now closed.

Your learning and development

You’ll be supported every step of the way by a dedicated Supervisor and a Healthcare Academy Trainer, as well as your Store and Area Managers. All of your learning can be accessed online, and you can talk with your Foundation Training Year peers and access tools via an app. You’ll also be invited to monthly study days.

Your learning and development

How to apply

Hints & Tips

England
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland
Employee Fast Track

England

If you are looking to secure a placement with Boots in England, you will need to apply through Health Education England Oriel. Every year we offer a range of locations including our split GP placements. The preferencing window to apply is usually open between July and October. For more details visit: www.hee.nhs.uk

MPharm Degree

Are you currently studying towards your MPharm degree and looking for experience in a pharmacy environment? Take a look at our pharmacy opportunities here and start your journey with Boots today.

England

Wales

All placements in Wales starting in 2022 will be multi-sector and will incorporate four-month rotations across community pharmacy, hospital and Primary Care settings. We will have in the region of 10 stores that will showcase Boots as an employer of choice. For more information please go to www.oriel.nhs.uk

Please note that applications for placements starting in 2021 have now closed.

MPharm Degree

Are you currently studying towards your MPharm degree and looking for experience in a pharmacy environment? Take a look at our pharmacy opportunities here and start your journey with Boots today.

Wales

Scotland

If you are looking to secure a placement with Boots in Scotland please apply via NHS for Scotland (NES) and preference Boots as your employer of choice in your application. You will be able to register and apply from June with candidate preferencing opening in July and closing in October.

MPharm Degree

Are you currently studying towards your MPharm degree and looking for experience in a pharmacy environment? Take a look at our pharmacy opportunities here and start your journey with Boots today.

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Applications for our 2022 Northern Ireland Foundation Training Year Programme have now closed. For more further information about our 2023 placements please e-mail programmes@boots.co.uk

MPharm Degree

Are you currently studying towards your MPharm degree and looking for experience in a pharmacy environment? Take a look at our pharmacy opportunities here and start your journey with Boots today.

Northern Ireland

Internal Fast Track

Foundation Training Yea 2022/2023
We’re passionate about developing our internal talent. If you’re a Boots colleague in the third year of your MPharm degree, looking to secure a Trainee Pharmacist place in England or Nothern Ireland, you can apply via the Internal Fast Track process. This way you can secure your position on the Foundation Training Year without completing a summer placement or going through the Oriel process.

Internal applications are now open – for England 2022, click here or for Northern Ireland 2023, click here.

You must first be endorsed by your Store and Area Managers and have a performance rating of Meeting Expectations or above. The recruitment team will obtain this information on your behalf.

Internal Fast Track

Our Culture

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As part of your Foundation Training year you’ll work with a group of peers to deliver a health promotion event in the community. These have tackled topics from high blood pressure to e-cigarette use, healthy eating for children and sexual health at university.
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We want to make a real impact to the communities we serve, so that's why we’re proud to work with our charity partners, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Prince’s Trust and The Hygiene Bank and as a Boots colleague there are many ways to support and get involved!
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For 170 years, we have demonstrated a commitment to operating as a socially responsible business and we aim to make a sustainable difference every day through reducing our impact on the environment.
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We're 100% committed to ensuring that all of our team members feel happy, safe and valued 100% of the time. Our teams, whether in stores or our support office, inspire us with great ideas, drive new plans forwards and help make Boots a fantastic place to work.

Trainee Pharmacist stories

Priya
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The connections I’ve made give me the support and confidence I need to do such an important job.

- Priya

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Neel Bhatt
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Overall, my experience with Boots has been extremely valuable; I have had a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop into a pharmacy leader, ever ready for the challenges and experiences that I will encounter throughout my career.

- Neel Bhatt

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Scott
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If my first 7 months as a qualified Pharmacist has taught me anything, it is that support and further training during the early stages of your career is absolutely essential.

- Scott

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Our Team

Meet our Healthcare Academy Trainers

Between offer and start date we’ll keep in touch with the latest news and details of upcoming events, including meeting your store team. You’ll meet your regional Trainee Pharmacist cohort on your Welcome Day.

Meet our Healthcare Academy Trainers

Meet our Healthcare Academy Trainers

Between offer and start date we’ll keep in touch with the latest news and details of upcoming events, including meeting your store team. You’ll meet your regional Trainee Pharmacist cohort on your Welcome Day.

FAQs

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Yes, we encourage all MPharm students to look at our latest part time opportunities across www.boots.jobs. You can also register for job alerts and when a role that matches your requirements becomes available we’ll let you know

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We typically offer anywhere between 85-90% of our Trainee Pharmacist colleagues a position with us once they have successfully passed their registration exam.

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Current employees do not need to complete the Boots Pharmacy Placement as we have a fast-track offer process. For further information please go to the ‘How to apply’ tab and click on Employee Fast Track button.

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Careful consideration is given to the store you are offered to ensure you receive the best possible experience. If your current store is deemed suitable then this will be offered to you however, if this isn’t possible another suitable alternative store will be recommended.

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