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APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) is now seeking expressions of interest from pharmacists in community and hospital pharmacy settings who would like to facilitate an experiential learning placement for a second-year pharmacy student in 2023. 

Experiential learning placements are a key part of the integrated pharmacy masters (M.Pharm). Students undertake placements throughout the course, and the second-year placement is the first of these placements. These placements take place in two different ways: A two-week block for UCC and TCD students (16-27 January), and a longitudinal placement every Tuesday afternoon for RCSI students (10 January-4 April).` 

Pharmacists who have previously facilitated APPEL placements have found the experience enjoyable and rewarding. In surveys, 90 per cent 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 deadline to confirm your interest in offering placements is 16 September 2022. You can do this by visiting the link:

If you have any questions or want further information, please email