FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions by Placement Providers

2nd Year Placement

If you are not certain that your establishment will be able to take a student for the entire duration of the placement, please inform APPEL before the placement starts. In cases of emergency or serious and unexpected shortage of staff to supervise the student, please contact APPEL as soon as possible.

Please notify APPEL as soon as possible.

If the student is unwell during their placement, please excuse them from attendance and/or help them get medical care, as appropriate. If a student fails to attend their placement or calls in sick, please inform APPEL as soon as possible. Students will also have been advised to contact both their Training Establishment and their Practice Educator if they are going to be absent from their placement.

For UCC and TCD students, placement hours will mirror the student’s academic hours i.e. Monday-Friday, 9.30am – 5pm. For RCSI students, placement is scheduled on Tuesday afternoons from 2-5pm.

For the 2nd-year placement, students are assigned to their placement primarily based on geographical location.

In 2019, 84% of our Supervisors agreed that supervising a student contributed to their CPD. APPEL has developed some sample CPD cycles, based on some feedback that pharmacists shared regarding their experiences of supervising students.  These cycles are intended to illustrate how pharmacists can incorporate their experience of supervising students into their own professional learning journeys. These sample CPD cycles are available in the Resources section of this website.

The student can be introduced to patients/customers and colleagues as a pharmacy student on placement.  The student will also wear a badge provided by their School of Pharmacy, that identifies them as a pharmacy student.   Feedback from previous 2nd year students indicated that students felt they greatly benefited from the opportunity to improve their communication skills with patients in a “real-life” environment.  Students are encouraged to interact with patients, and to reflect on these interactions in the context of their own professional development, under the supervision of their pharmacist.  Students are also reminded before they go on placement, to be mindful not to treat the patients they meet as “case studies”, but to be respectful, courteous, and empathetic at all times.

There will be times during the student’s placement when the pharmacy/pharmacy department becomes busy, and the pharmacy team are not immediately available to answer student questions or direct the student’s activities.  Students could take advantage of these times to complete their learning activities/workbook. Some students may complete their compulsory learning activities early in their placement and may be eager to avail of additional supervised learning opportunities.

APPEL suggests setting an agreed list of learning opportunities at the student’s induction, to encourage and enable the student to direct themselves in their learning at busy times, and for the student to make the most of the valuable experience they can gain in your pharmacy/pharmacy department.  Please note, students with no previous experience in a pharmacy environment may find it more difficult to identify self-directed learning opportunities.

The following are suggested learning activities the student could undertake.  These activities have been derived from feedback from previous 2nd year students, Supervisors and Practice Educators. Please note all these activities are suggestions only and students should be appropriately supervised at all times in the pharmacy.

  • Look at the types of medication stored in the pharmacy fridge. How does the pharmacist ensure that the fridge is maintained at an appropriate temperature?
  • Find out what is meant by the term ‘unlicensed medicine’. Where in the pharmacy are these medicines stored and how are they ordered?
  • Look at five of the Pharmacy-only (P) medicines sold in the pharmacy. For each medicine consider what information you would gather from a patient who wants to buy one of these medicines and what counselling you would provide in each case?
  • Find out what pharmacy services are provided by the pharmacy.
  • How does the pharmacy dispose of medicines returned by its patients?
  • Does the pharmacy provide any services to local nursing homes or residential care units? Find out how the pharmacy helps with medication management (e.g. blister packs, venalinks, weekly dispensing).
  • Find the PSI’s pharmacist duty log. What is the purpose of the duty log and what information is recorded therein?

Interprofessional activities:

On previous placements some students identified opportunities to observe interprofessional activities as a highlight of their placements. We understand that these opportunities may not occur frequently, however we would welcome any opportunity provided to students to accompany the pharmacist to a meeting/service delivery that involves interacting with other healthcare professionals. Examples could include; visiting a nursing home, attending a hospital multidisciplinary meeting or lecture.

Students will be given guidance about punctuality, appropriate dress, demeanour, and behaviour before going on placement.  If you have a concern about a student in this regard, please contact a Practice Educator.

A major review of the five year pharmacist qualification was commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, called the PEARs (Pharmacy Education and Accreditation Reviews) project.  This review recommended the introduction of a five year fully integrated pharmacy programme to replace the previous 4+1 model (four year degree followed by one-year in-service practical training). In 2015, SI 377 of 2014 came into effect, legislating for this change. The new programme provides students with experience of patient-facing situations and real-life pharmacy practice at several stages before they attain their qualification. This early practical experience helps students to contextualise their theoretical studies and will provide them with the skills to meet the demands of the ever-changing face of pharmacy in healthcare.

As per SI No. 377/2014, students cannot undertake a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer “if he or she has a connection with either the training establishment or the tutor pharmacist concerned”.

A connected relative includes spouse or partner, parent, brother, sister, child, spouse of a child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and parent-in-law.

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4th Year Placement

The 4th-year placement is a four-month placement completed in the first semester of students’ fourth year in an APPEL-accredited Training Establishment. These placements can be undertaken in a breadth of practice settings, including non-patient facing settings.

The Schools of Pharmacy are committed to developing graduates that are prepared for careers in all sectors of pharmacy practice. APPEL’s aim is to provide students with a broad range of experiential learning opportunities. These experiences will help expose and prepare students for the various roles a pharmacist can undertake. The 4th-year placement is the ideal opportunity for students to broaden their practice experience and to further develop their curriculum vitae (CV).

 

APPEL placement providers have a unique opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of their organisations in the Schools of Pharmacy, among pharmacy students, and throughout the pharmacy profession. Organisations wishing to develop their talent pipeline can use this opportunity to engage with future Pharmacy graduates. This programme offers a wonderful opportunity for placement providers to engage with talented and highly motivated students and inspire them to consider a career in their organisation or practice setting.

Undertaking Preceptor training can support your (CPD) continuing professional development. In 2018, 88% of our 4th Year Preceptors agreed that supervising a student contributed to their CPD and 90% found it a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Previous course attendees have commented on how the skills they developed at APPEL training were highly applicable to their engagement with other team members in their practice.

Placements will take place from the 31st of August to the 18th of December in 2020.

Legislation requires that students are under the supervision and guidance of a pharmacist while on placement. During the 4th-year placement, this person is known to APPEL as a “Preceptor”.   This means that there should be a pharmacist available to the student on their placement for guidance and direction, but they do not necessarily have to be the person directly supervising the student.

If the students Preceptor will not be supervising them directly, an On-Site Supervisor should be nominated. The On-Site Supervisor will also be offered APPEL Preceptor training.

The Preceptor is required to meet the student every four weeks; technology such as Skype can be used to facilitate these meetings. Two such meetings must be face-to-face.

A 4th-Year Preceptor can oversee a maximum of three students.

Students attend placement for 30 hours per week.  Students will attend their Training Establishments for 8.5 hours a day between 8am and 6pm (including an hour for lunch) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The exact start and finish time can be agreed upon between the student and Preceptor.

Students will continue to engage with their Schools of Pharmacy while on placement, e.g. through online tutorials. This enables the Schools of Pharmacy to deliver live academic online modules on Wednesdays. There is a university requirement of 30 hours on experiential learning placement, 10 hours directed study and 10 hours self-directed study every week for 4th-Year students.

All absences must be reported to APPEL. If additional placement time is required as a result of this absence, it is APPEL’s role to secure this additional placement time in an appropriate Training Establishment.

APPEL will provide Preceptor training.  A choice of face to face and/or online training will be provided. Preceptors will also be provided with a 4th-Year Placement Handbook.

Practice Educators based in each of the three Schools of Pharmacy will be available to support Preceptors and their students before, during and after placements.  The APPEL team are also available to provide support to Preceptors.

Students will indicate their geographical and practice setting preferences. They will then be provided with a choice of Training Establishments, from which they will select a number of preferred Training Establishments. Training Establishments will receive CVs from these students for consideration. There will be defined timelines in which placements can be offered and accepted.

Interviews can be undertaken so that the best fit possible is achieved between students, their Training Establishments and their Trainers. Interviews can take place face-to-face, via telephone or video calls. Please note, students will still be in university and required to attend lectures and workshops during the matching process so your flexibility in the timing and mode of engagement with students is very much appreciated.

All students are required to undergo vetting as part of their registration for the integrated pharmacy programme. In order to reduce the requirement for training establishments to also undertake student vetting, APPEL provides Vetting Written Joint Agreement forms which delegates the task of vetting students to the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

At the end of the 4th-year placement, it is intended that students will be able to demonstrate a required level of competency in the relevant behaviours in the PSI’s Core Competency Framework aligned to the three domains listed below:

  1. Professional Practice
  2. Personal Skills
  3. Organisation and Management Skills

On Wednesdays, students will undertake academic online modules based on the same competencies; these will be assessed by the Schools of Pharmacy.

During the placement, you should facilitate your student to undertake activities that will support them to develop competency in the relevant behaviours from these three domains.  A training plan will enable you and your student to plan a sufficient range of activities.  You can find an induction and training plan in the Resources section.

Examples of activities that your student can complete can be found in the Guidance on Delivering APPEL Experiential Learning Placements.

If you are having difficulty identifying opportunities for your student(s) to develop certain competencies, please contact APPEL and we will arrange for a Practice Educator to assist you.

There is no project to complete during the 4th-year placement. Students undertake academic modules online every Wednesday throughout the placement.

APPEL Placements are four months in duration during the first semester of the fourth year of students’ MPharm programme.

However, many students have expressed interest and availability in working at their placement provider’s establishment in the July and August prior to their placement. Such an arrangement is permitted but would be outside the APPEL programme.

The legislation precludes students from undertaking a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer if they have certain family member connections with either the Training Establishment or the trainer. In addition, legislation precludes students from undertaking their 5th-year placement in the same Training Establishment in which they undertook their 4th-year placement.

Outside of these legislative requirements, there is no legal impediment to students undertaking a placement in a Training Establishment in which they have previously been, or are currently, employed or in which they undertook their 2nd-year placement. However, students are encouraged to increase the breadth of their placement experience by undertaking placements in new Training Establishments, where possible. This will allow students to gain a broader experience of the pharmacy profession.

Placements are timetabled by APPEL to ensure that students have dedicated time for both directed and self-directed learning. APPEL is happy to consider requests for an exceptional timetable modification on a case by case basis.

There is no requirement in this regard for 4th-year Preceptors.

Preceptors are responsible for overseeing students’ competence appraisals. They are required to complete two student Competency Assessments during the placement.

Students must achieve a level 3 in all competency behaviours in the final assessment. If you have any concern about a student reaching the required level of competency, please get in touch with a Practice Educator as early as possible, to enable them to support you and the student.

The Schools of Pharmacy are responsible for academic assessment.

As per SI No. 377/2014, students cannot undertake a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer “if he or she has a connection with either the training establishment or the tutor pharmacist concerned”.

A connected relative includes spouse or partner, parent, brother, sister, child, spouse of a child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and parent-in-law.

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APPEL matching process

The APPEL matching system is best accessed using laptop or PC. It is compatible with most mobile phones or tablet devices, although the dashboard will look different to the pictures in this guide. As with all new systems, there may be compatibility issues with certain browser types and browser versions. We recommend you use the browser types listed below to avoid issues that can occur with incompatible browser types such as issues ticking boxes, saving text in boxes, uploading files as well as slow performance.

 

Recommended Browsers:

PC Browsers in order of preference:

Chrome version 30 onwards

Firefox version 30 onwards

Mobile browsers:

iOS version 8 onwards

Android version 5 onwards

In this case, please log in to www.appel.ie and click on the “MyAPPEL” tab.  Please inform the APPEL team ops@appel.ie about the broken link.

Placements can be paid or unpaid. The decision to offer payment is a matter for each placement provider. Placement providers can provide an indication of reimbursement in the placement description that will be available to students when selecting their placement options.

Training Establishments are neither expected nor obliged to reimburse students for their time on placement; therefore all placements are treated equally within the APPEL matching system.

However, payment may be one of the factors considered by students when selecting placements.  Placement Providers can indicate if they intend to reimburse students in their placement description.

If a Training Establishment wishes to reimburse a student for their time on placement that is a matter solely between the Training Establishment and the student.

If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to make an offer to a student in that phase.

Unfortunately, to be equitable to all placement providers, timelines cannot be adjusted for individual placements. It may be helpful to consider if you would like APPEL to temporarily change the contact for your placement to a colleague within your organisation.

 

There are a number of options:

You could arrange phone calls/online interviews with students before the deadline so that you can make your decision and make an offer/offers to students.

If this is Phase 1, you can wait until Phase 2 to engage with students. Please note: many students will be matched in Phase 1 so there will be less students available in Phase 2. Additionally, APPEL cannot guarantee that the same students who sent their CVs to you in Phase 1 will be available in Phase 2.

If this is Phase 2, you can contact APPEL to let them know that you would be interested in meeting any students who are not matched at the end of the process.

You will be provided with a maximum of fifteen CVs for each placement you are offering. As placements are allocated based on students’ expressed preferences, it is possible that you may be allocated fewer CVs or no CVs at all. If you are offering more than one placement, you may find that several CVs are allocated to one placement and less to another.

For many students seeking a 4th-year placement, writing CVs and cover letters is a new and possibly daunting experience. It may be worth considering contacting one or more of the students and speaking with them before deciding if they will be a good fit for a placement in your organisation.

No. Once a student accepts a placement you have offered, you will not be able to rescind that offer or offer that placement to any other student.

Unfortunately, this is not possible. Each placement is considered in isolation within the APPEL system. Placements are allocated based on students’ expressed preferences and the competition for those preferences.

If you are offering two placements within one department/community pharmacy, you can move students between placements as outlined in the Placement Provider guide to the matching process.

Training Establishments can only be matched to students within the APPEL system. Therefore your placement cannot be offered to this student. However, you may wish to engage with this student outside of the APPEL programme, e.g. offering a summer internship to this student.

If there are students who have not yet been matched in your area, APPEL may contact you about assigning them to your Training Establishment, with your consent.

However, it is also possible that there were no students suitable for your placement, due to students’ geographical locations, during this matching process.

With three placements running every year, it will not be long until the matching process for our next round of placements so please do continue to engage with the matching system!

As there are more placements than students available for each matching process, not all placement providers will be matched to students. However, APPEL provides placements to 2nd, 4th and 5th-year students throughout the year and would be delighted if providers would continue to make their placements available for subsequent placement processes. The geographical spread of students varies considerably from year to year and so locations with low demand in one year can have considerable interest the following year.

When a student accepts an offer of placement, that student cannot receive another placement offer through the APPEL matching system. Since Training Establishments can only be matched to students within the APPEL system you can be certain the student cannot receive or accept another offer once they have accepted your placement.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the student cannot proceed with the placement on term (e.g. failure of exams or personal circumstances) you will be notified as soon as is practicable by the APPEL team.

You must notify APPEL of this change in circumstances immediately so that alternative arrangements can be made for the student.

Yes; if you are unable to participate in the matching process and wish to be assigned to a student, please let the APPEL office know at the earliest possible opportunity.

After Phase 2 ends, if there are still available students whose preferences match your placement, your placement could be assigned to one of them, pending your consent.

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Frequently Asked Questions by Students

2nd Year Placement

Remember to discuss and to plan your learning activities with your Supervisor. If your Supervisor does not allow you to engage in the activities right away, make the most of your time and be patient.  You will still gain important experience by observing the pharmacy’s operations and engaging with the team. If the situation persists after several days, discuss the issue with your Practice Educator.

You are on this placement to learn and are required to be supervised. You should alert your Supervisor immediately if you believe that you have made a mistake.  Do not be afraid to admit that you have made a mistake, or that you think you may have made a mistake.

If you have any concerns about your placement, please contact your Practice Educator.

You are allowed to undertake your 4th-year or 5th-year placement (but not both) in the same pharmacy where you attended the 2nd-year placement.  However, APPEL cannot guarantee that such an arrangement can be made.  You may engage in part-time, holiday and/or summer work experience with the 2nd-year Training Establishment, but such arrangements are between you and the Training Establishment.

APPEL will endeavour to arrange a placement close to your stated location preference. Please remember that it may not be possible to arrange a placement to suit everyone’s location preference. You will be provided with a choice of possible placements for your longer 4th and 5th-year placements, but this is not feasible for these short 2nd-year placements. Changes to this placement are only possible in exceptional circumstances and no changes can be made without the prior approval of your Practice Educator.

Answer questions put to you by the pharmacy staff as best you can, but don’t pretend to know more than you do. The Training Establishment will be briefed that you are at an early stage in your training. APPEL will also provide some high-level information to the Training Establishment regarding what areas your coursework has covered, and therefore your Supervisor will be aware of what stage you are at in your pharmacy course.

You should take direction from your Supervisor regarding all interactions with customers/patients. Be respectful, courteous and empathetic at all times. Take care not to treat patients as “case studies”. If a patient does not want to engage with you or feels uncomfortable continuing to engage with you, then you should respect their feelings and ensure that the pharmacist can follow-up with the patient.

You can gain valuable information from all members of the team, so questions may be asked of anyone. Keep in mind that you should pick suitable times to ask questions.

If you make an effort to always act in a professional, friendly and helpful manner, you should get along well with staff, patients and customers. Discuss with your Supervisor or contact your Practice Educator if you have any questions or concerns.

If you fail to complete the placement and/or all of the learning activities, you will need to discuss the matter with a Practice Educator and/or an academic advisor in your School of Pharmacy.

All Supervisors need to sign a Trainer agreement, that outlines the responsibilities of the Supervisor in relation to student placement. They are also required to complete APPEL training. This can be completed at live training event or online.

Supervisors are provided with an APPEL Supervisor Handbook; copies of the Supervisor Handbook can be found in our Resources section.

The APPEL team and Practice Educators are also available to Supervisors to answer any queries they may have.

You are encouraged to take up part-time, holiday and/or summer pharmacy work, but such work will not count towards fulfilling any APPEL placements required by your M Pharm programme.

Experiential learning is designed to expose students to real-life practice, and so it is not desirable, nor feasible, for your supervisor to be actively teaching you at all times. All APPEL Supervisors are volunteers, who are generously giving their time and expertise to help support you with your development.  Supervisors are committed to teaching you, but this will be undertaken within the context of a busy working environment. Therefore, your learning will be achieved through doing, observing and through active engagement with your Supervisor and other pharmacy team members.

There are many learning opportunities to be had from undertaking such activities, for example:

  • Reading Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will support you to develop your own SOPs when you are a registered pharmacist. SOPs are an integral part and a required element of all pharmacies and pharmacy departments and ensure consistency and quality across all activities undertaken. Therefore, reading and understanding SOPs is a required duty of all staff and students based on site at each pharmacy.

 

  • Date-checking or unpacking medicines will provide you with the skills to support your own pharmacy team to undertake stock management when you enter practice. It’s also an opportunity to learn about medicines’ storage, develop familiarity with medicines and start to spot SALADs (sound-alike, look-alike drugs). It also provides you with the opportunity to take note of and document the many drugs you may not be familiar with at this stage in your course, and to make notes to learn further about these at a later/appropriate time from your Supervisor and the references available to you.

Managing patient returns provides insight into adherence with medicines.

As per SI No. 377/2014, students cannot undertake a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer “if he or she has a connection with either the training establishment or the tutor pharmacist concerned”.

A connected relative includes spouse or partner, parent, brother, sister, child, spouse of a child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and parent-in-law.

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4th Year Placement

The 4th-year placement is a four-month placement completed from September to December in an APPEL-accredited Training Establishment. These placements can be undertaken in a breadth of practice settings, including non-patient facing settings.

The Schools of Pharmacy are committed to developing graduates that are prepared for careers in all sectors of pharmacy practice. APPEL’s aim is to provide students with a broad range of experiential learning opportunities. These experiences will help expose and prepare students for the various roles a pharmacist can undertake. The 4th-year placement is the ideal opportunity for students to broaden their practice experience and to further develop their curriculum vitae (CV).

The placement will take place from September to December. Students will be provided with an attendance timetable well in advance of their placements. Placements are 30 hours per week. Students attend placement for 8.5 hours a day (including a one-hour lunch break) between 8am and 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The exact start and finish time each day can be agreed upon between the student and Preceptor. Students will have dedicated time for both directed and self-directed learning each Wednesday.

An important part of experiential learning is to help you develop the various competencies required for pharmacy practice. During the 4th-year placement, you will complete three online modules, which will support you to develop competencies relating to self-management, workplace management, human resources, financial management, quality assurance, leadership, change management, critical thinking, decision making, team working, communication and legal and ethical issues.

Placement providers will also present you with experiential activities to complete during your placement. These activities will vary depending on the placement organisation and could include a project, experience in multiple departments, etc. The activities will support you in developing the competencies above. APPEL will provide guidance on experiential learning activities to Training Establishments.

APPEL is responsible for quality assuring the placements. This involves robust processes and procedures for selecting, assessing, accrediting and appointing preceptors and Training Establishments. All Preceptors will be trained by APPEL and there will be support structures in place for students and Preceptors during the placement.

APPEL will match all eligible students to a 4th-year placement in an APPEL-accredited Training Establishment. The matching process will allow students to indicate 4 preferences for practice placements based on (i) geographical location(s) and (ii) preferred practice setting, e.g. pharmaceutical industry, hospital etc. Based on these preferences, students will then be provided with a choice of up to 15 placement providers. Students will select their top 8 and their CV will be forwarded to these. The placement providers will then select student(s) for their practice placement from this cohort. This process takes place during Semester 2 of each year and the exact timelines will be communicated to students well in advance.

The 4th-year placement can be undertaken in a broad variety of practice settings. The 4th-year placement is the only opportunity to undertake an APPEL placement outside of community or hospital pharmacy.

APPEL expects to provide 4th-year placements in: the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical consultancy, regulatory affairs, research, the health service, professional bodies, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy departments, etc. For the foreseeable future, all placements will take place within the Republic of Ireland.

This placement is defined in law as being ‘at least four months in duration’. For this reason, if you are unable to attend your placement due to illness, emergency or any other reason, you are required to contact your Training Establishment and your Practice Educator at the earliest possible opportunity. Furthermore, you should make your Practice Educator aware of any anticipated non-attendance well in advance of the planned absence.

Although 100% attendance is expected from students while on placement to comply with the statutory requirements, non-attendance will be managed by Schools of Pharmacy in accordance with their policies and procedures on attendance. If additional placement hours/days are required as a result of non-attendance, the School of Pharmacy will request APPEL to make the necessary arrangements.

Preceptors in each Training Establishment will undertake competency assessments which will assess students’ competence against defined behaviours.

You will also be assessed by academic staff using tools such as online assignments, group forums etc.

The online modules/learning activities will be applicable to all practice settings.

Placements are timetabled by APPEL and attendance during placement hours is mandatory.  If students are unable to attend due to illness or emergency, they must notify both their Training Establishment and their Practice Educator as soon as possible. Furthermore, they should make their Practice Educator aware of any anticipated nonattendance well in advance of the placement.

The legislation precludes students from undertaking a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer if they have certain family member connections with either the Training Establishment or the trainer. In addition, legislation precludes students from undertaking their 5th-year placement in the same Training Establishment in which they undertook their 4th-year placement.

Outside of these legislative requirements, there is no legal impediment to students undertaking a placement in a Training Establishment in which they have previously been, or are currently, employed or in which they undertook their 2nd-year placement. However, students are encouraged to increase the breadth of their placement experience by undertaking placements in new Training Establishments, where possible. This will allow students to gain a broader experience of the pharmacy profession.

Wednesdays are reserved, within the placement timetable, for academic online modules, designed and assessed by the three Schools of Pharmacy. There is an academic requirement of 10 hours directed study and 10 hours self-directed study every week for 4th-Year students. Students who wish to have part-time jobs are encouraged to do so on weekends and evenings.

Students can choose to include references on their CV, or state that “references are available on request”.  In either case, please ensure that you have informed those providing references that they may be contacted by a placement provider to verify your reference.

If possible, students are asked to arrange meetings or calls with placement providers outside of scheduled teaching activities. Interviews can take place face-to-face, via telephone or video call and placement providers are encouraged to use these technologies if possible.

However, your Schools of Pharmacy wish to support students in making the best placement matches possible and understand that students may in some cases be absent from lectures to meet with potential placement providers. Where this is unavoidable, please ensure that you obtain permission from the relevant people within your School of Pharmacy before any planned absence.

If you are sick or unavoidably unavailable at times when you are expected to engage in online activities related to your academic online modules, you should contact your Module Coordinator (for RCSI or UCC students) or your College Tutor (for Trinity students).

As per SI No. 377/2014, students cannot undertake a placement in a Training Establishment or under the supervision of a Trainer “if he or she has a connection with either the training establishment or the tutor pharmacist concerned”.

A connected relative includes spouse or partner, parent, brother, sister, child, spouse of a child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and parent-in-law.

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