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