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Info for Foundation Training Year Pharmacists

Your placement year is in place and you are ready to put the knowledge gained during your degree into practice so that you are ready to join the profession.

You will have various standards to achieve and tasks to perform under the guidance of your Educational Supervisor. The Pharmaceutical Society NI is the regulatory body for Northern Ireland and is responsible for registering and regulating pharmacists. NICPLD are responsible for the Foundation Training Year mandatory programme.


Foundation Pharmacists are encouraged to get involved with any events and opportunities for non-compulsory training during the training year, either events organised/supported by the UCA or those offered by other organisations. The UCA will share information with trainees directly via the email provided and through the WhatsApp group.

Current Foundation Pharmacists receive an e-copy of the UCA’s official publication: NI Pharmacy in Focus which is the only dedicated pharmacy magazine in Northern Ireland. There are regular features, of interest to both trainee and educational supervisor. If you are not receiving your own copy, please get in touch as below.


The UCA-NI Foundation Leadership & Management Programme is open to all Foundation Year Pharmacists in Northern Ireland and comprises monthly zooms and 3 live training days during the academic year. These dates will not clash with NICPLD training days or deadlines. Speak to your Educational Supervisor about non-compulsory training such as the UCA programme. The main aim of the UCA programme is to support the development of well-rounded pharmacists.

  • Supports pharmacy-based training by providing focussed learning
  • Opportunity to share good practice with fellow trainees
  • Guidance on effective and confident patient communication
  • Focus on developing business and leadership skills plus building resilience
  • Focus on gaining practical knowledge & experience
  • Complements NICPLD training courses
  • Seminars delivered by expert speakers 
  • Hands-on experience with medical devices and products
  • Puts clinical knowledge in to practice

The programme includes Vaccination Training for Covid-19 & Flu services

NEW for 22/23: Extended Business Management training

For anything related to your FoundationTraining year, you can get in touch with UCA Contact UCA Office Team