APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) is now seeking expressions of interest from pharmacists in ALL practice settings who would like to facilitate an experiential learning placement for a 4th year pharmacy student next year.

Pharmacy students in Ireland now undertake a 5-year integrated masters programme to become qualified pharmacists. Key to this new programme are the experiential learning placements that students undertake throughout the course. In the 4th year of their studies, students have the opportunity to put their academic knowledge into practice in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industry, academic, regulatory, and other practice settings.

There are 43 industry based placements (25%) for period August-December 2020. Most of these placements are based in Dublin and Cork but there are also placements in Galway, Kildare, Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford.

Pharmacists who have previously facilitated APPEL placements have found the experience enjoyable and rewarding. In surveys, 90% of pharmacists said they would recommend facilitating a placement to other pharmacists. The advantages of facilitating an APPEL placement include:

  • Continuing Professional Development - APPEL Trainer Training can contribute to pharmacists CPD, as can the experience of facilitating a placement.
  • Development of your talent pipeline – many students will look to start their career in the organisations or practice settings where they undertook their placements
  • Engagement – participating in the APPEL programme provides you with the opportunity to increase awareness of your pharmacy/organisation. APPEL training and events provide fantastic networking opportunities.

The next 4th-year placements will run from the 27th of August to the 17th of December 2021. The deadline to confirm your interest in offering placements is the 1st of November 2020. You can do this by clicking on the link below:

If you have any questions or want further information, please call APPEL on 01-4025129 or email

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