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Info for Educational Supervisors

Register your trainee for the UCA-NI Leadership & Management Programme 2022-23



A pharmacist must be registered as an Educational Supervisor before the start of the training year. For information on becoming an Educational Supervisor, check the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland website here. For further information on the new Foundation Training Year can be found here, or you can contact the Society by emailing pre-registration@psni.org.uk or by telephone 028 9032 6927.

NICPLD will provide educational support throughout the Foundation Training Year - for details click onto the FTY Hub.

The pharmacy owner is entitled to a grant for each student, which is paid quarterly. Grant application forms are available from the Business Services Organisation here.

Every pharmacy offering a placement is invited to list their details in the UCA Foundation Year Placement Guide which is distributed to all 3rd year undergraduates at UK Schools of Pharmacy. See below.


For all pharmacies in Northern Ireland we provide:

Foundation Training Year Placement Guide Listing - Placement details should be submitted to UCA: office@uca.org.uk.

  • UCA website users can log in to access the form in the DocStore
  • Otherwise, simply request a copy from the UCA office

Placement Details Update - Any changes or additions to your placement offering can be emailed to students at any time

Promotional Space - As well as your individual placement listing(s), you have to opportunity to showcase you placement(s) in the bound and electronic Foundation Placement Guide. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

Tutor Pack - Useful documents including a template application document and a placement agreement form!


The UCA Foundation Leadership & Management Programme is open to all Foundation Year Pharmacists in Northern Ireland and 6 zoom seminars (approx 1.5hrs) and 4 live training days during the academic year plus the Vaccination Training day.

NEW for 22/23: Extended live business management training session

The main aim of the UCA programme is to support the development of well-rounded pharmacists.

  • Supports ES training by providing focussed learning
  • Opportunity to share good practice with fellow trainees
  • Guidance on effective and confident patient communication
  • Focus on gaining practical knowledge & experience
  • Focus on developing business and leadership skills plus building resilience
  • Complements NICPLD Foundation Year programme
  • Seminars delivered by expert speakers
  • Hands-on experience with medical devices and products
  • Puts clinical knowledge in to practice
  • Vaccination Training covering Covid-19 & Flu services

The UCA recognises the importance of developing an integrated and valued member of the team as well as the professionalism expected of a registered pharmacist.  

All seminars, from clinical and business to soft skills, delivered by expert pharmacists and clinicians

  • The UCA programme consists of career relevant topics, based on participant feedback.
  • Training days do not conflict with busy periods or other compulsory/non-compulsory training and deadlines.
  • Materials and external resources for subjects covered each day are provided via a Foundation Trainee Portal on this website.

Exclusive to the UCA Programme:

Topics are covered by a range of experts and experienced pharmacists. Trainees will listen to and learn from pharmacists who are passionate about their profession and community pharmacy. Trainees will also have access to a WhatsApp group where they can share ideas, pose questions and support each other.

Here's what a few of our former trainees have said:

"I have gained so much practical knowledge & skills, helping me through my placement year"
"I would fully recommend the UCA days as they are highly interactive, informative and applicable to everyday practice"

"The hands on sessions were really good for giving us tips and advice for patient consultation and seeing devices in action"
"Learning more about the impact of coding errors was very useful, to ensure prompt and accurate reimbursement"
"I really enjoyed the UCA days, learning valuable tips for life in the real world that wasn't shown to us anywhere else"
"There's a broad range of topics on the UCA programme, I would certainly recommend it to next years' intake"

For any information regarding Foundation Trainee & Supervisor Support, contact the UCA Office.


All enquiries should be directed to:

Adrienne Clugston

Operations Manager




UCA Office

5 Annadale Avenue

Tel:  028 9065 6576


Office Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm