NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with Irish Pharmacist includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.

You can opt out at anytime by visiting our cookie policy page. In line with the provisions of the GDPR, the provision of your personal data is a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. We must advise you at the point of collecting your personal data that it is a required field, and the consequences of not providing the personal data is that we cannot provide this service to you.


ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

Increase in third-level places for pharmacy welcomed

By Irish Pharmacist - 30th Aug 2021

Shot of a group of university students working on computers in the library at campus

The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has welcomed a proposed increase in the number of third-level places for pharmacy students. Reports have indicated that the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD is seeking approval to fund 4,600 new third-level places, with pharmacy being among the areas set to benefit.

Welcoming the proposal, Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union Mr Darragh
O’Loughlin said: “Pharmacy is an exciting and diverse career that offers practitioners the opportunity to play an active role on the frontline of healthcare in their communities. There has always been a high demand for
the limited number of third-level places in Ireland. Many students have been required to study in
the UK, which is now more complicated because of Brexit.

Any increase in the provision of third-level pharmacy education would
be extremely welcome.

“As evidenced by our efforts in the Covid-19 vaccination roll out, the role of the pharmacist
has expanded and should expand more in the years ahead,” he continued. “As Sláintecare is implemented, it will place care in the community at its core, the very essence of community pharmacies. All of this indicates there
will be a sharp increase in the demand for pharmacists and it is appropriate that the education system prepares for this.

“Throughout the pandemic, when GPs and other healthcare providers were unavailable, many people sought advice from their community pharmacy

The dispensing of medicines is of vital importance to the wider health system and requires significant expertise when managing medicines for patients with complex needs. Our universities currently offer an excellent level
of training and graduates are in high demand due to their knowledge and expertise. With an increase in pharmacy places, the Irish population will benefit from this expertise in their local communities,” he concluded

ADVERTISMENT

Latest

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

Latest Issue

Irish Pharmacist May 2024

Irish Pharmacist May 2024. Volume 25 | Issue 5 | May 2024. Read the latest issue of Irish Pharmacist here…

Read

OTC Update Spring 2024

Spring 2024 | Issue 1 | Volume 18. Read the latest issue of OTC Update here.

Read

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT

ADVERTISMENT