One of APPEL’s primary goals is to support Supervisors and Preceptors for pharmacy students to undertake their roles. This support is provided in a number of ways.


APPEL develops year-specific handbooks to support trainers to deliver experiential learning placements.

Copies of these handbooks can be downloaded here.

Practice Educators

Each School of Pharmacy has one or two Practice Educators, whose role is to support those supervising or acting as Supervisors or Preceptors to the pharmacy students who have been placed by APPEL. Each Practice Educator has extensive pharmacy practice experience and works part-time with the schools of pharmacy. This practice-based experience means our Practice Educators are well placed to assist with any issues arising during a placement. If you have any concerns about a student on placement please contact APPEL.  We will be happy to arrange a call or visit from a Practice Educator if required. Details on all the APPEL team, including Practice Educators, can be found here.

Helpdesk Support

The APPEL operations team can be contacted during office hours at or 01-4025129 if you have any queries or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions most frequently asked by trainers can be found here.

Information and Training Events

APPEL holds a number of live training events for Supervisors, Preceptors, and Senior Preceptors in preparation for placements beginning.

Live training events for those facilitating a 4th-Year Placement in 2019 or for those interested in the APPEL programme will take place on the below dates:

When? Where? Interested?
10th May 2019 The Galmont Hotel, Galway (at the IPU Conference) For more details please contact APPEL
11th June 2019 University College Cork (UCC) For more details please contact APPEL
13th August 2019 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) For more details please contact APPEL

Please keep an eye on the APPEL website or contact if you would like to learn more about our live training events.

Online Trainer Training Programme

The APPEL Online Trainer Training Programme has recently launched. This will allow Supervisors, Preceptors, and Senior Preceptors to complete the required training when and where it suits them. The APPEL training programme is open to all pharmacists and to anyone involved in supervising APPEL students on placement. If you are interested in completing your training online, please contact

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

“Continuing professional development (CPD) is a continual process of lifelong learning which is focused on implementing learning in your professional practice and improving outcomes for patients”. (

Training a student offers excellent CPD opportunities, including learning through teaching, peer-to-peer networking at APPEL events, learning from students, and reflecting on and developing Core Competencies including leadership skills and human resources management skills.

In 2017, 84% of our Supervisors agreed that supervising a student contributed to their CPD.

APPEL has developed 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 own experiences of supervising students into their own professional learning journeys.

CPD Cycle Book