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.