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January 10, 2018

The Irish Institute of Pharmacy (the IIOP) is responsible for the management of continuing professional development (CPD) for the pharmacy profession in Ireland and for supporting the development of the pharmacy profession. 

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to support the day-to-day operations of the IIOP. This is an...

January 19, 2018

The Irish Network of Medical Educators Conference will take place in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC from 7TH-9TH February. Registration is no open.


January 10, 2018

Healthy Ireland is a major Government-led programme which aims to encourage and support everyone living in Ireland to have the best possible physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Our health is our most important asset, and we can all take some steps to improve our own health and wellbeing.

Healthy Ireland is here to help you make those positive changes and choices, to provide information and connect you with resources and organisations across the country, so you can get involved in the national effort to create a healthier Ireland.

Small changes can make a big difference to your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We can all make positive choices such as eating healthier, being more active or minding our mental health. Click below to find more information on some small steps that can make a big difference:

Physical Activity

Mental Wellbeing

Healthy Eating

Follow us on Twitter  @HealthyIreland  to keep up to date with what’s happening .

January 10, 2018


APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) is currently seeking expressions of interest from pharmacists who would like provide experiential learning placements to pharmacy students. Training a student offers excellent CPD opportunities, including learning through teaching, peer networking at APPEL events, learning from students, and developing Core Competencies including leadership skills and human resources management skills.

In 2017, 84% of APPEL trainers agreed that supervising a student contributed to their CPD and 88% found it a rewarding and enjoyable experience. APPEL’s trainers have said:

“It was hugely rewarding”
“Sharing and imparting knowledge gives a different type of work satisfaction. Useful for CPD!!”

The programme also enables placement providers to engage with talented and highly motivated students and inspire them to consider a career in their organisation or practice setting.

A New Model of Pharmacy Education

In September 2015, a new model of pharmacy education was introduced. Pharmacy students now undertake a fully integrated programme which includes placements in a breadth of practice settings throughout the five years of their education.


APPEL is a unique collaboration between University College Cork (UCC), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It was established to manage, centralise and streamline the experiential learning placements for the three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland. APPEL offers placement providers a single point of contact and a source of expertise in relation to pharmacy placements.

About Experiential Learning Placements

Students now undertake practice placements throughout the five years of this new programme. This includes placements in community and hospital pharmacies during Second, Fourth and Fifth Year and placements in industry and other practice areas (health service, regulatory etc.) in the Fourth Year.

How are the New Placements Structured?

Placements are of a “university character” and attendance timetables will be provided to students and placement providers in advance of the placements. Guidance on providing experiential learning placements will be provided from APPEL to each training establishment. A pharmacist within each training establishment will guide the student during their placement. Training will be provided by APPEL in advance of the placements and this will lead to the recognition of pharmacists as APPEL Supervisors (Second Year), APPEL Preceptors (Fourth Year) and APPEL Senior Preceptors (Fifth Year). Students will be provided with learning activities to complete during their placements, which will be assessed by their School of Pharmacy. Placements providers will present students with experiential activities to complete during their placement, which should support students to develop their competence in line with the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists.

How do I Find Out More? For more information or to register your expression of interest please visit www.appel.ie or contact the APPEL team on 01-4025129. Please note the closing date for expressions of interest in the upcoming 4th year placements (3rd Sept to 21st Dec 2018) is February 9th 2018.

November 15, 2017

In recent editions of the IPU Review, the two new quality assurance components of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rules 2015 (SI No 553 of 2015) for pharmacy in Ireland were profiled.

In the September 2017 Liz Hoctor, Professional Development and Learning Manager, IPU, sat down with IIOP ePortfolio Review Project Lead Katherine Morrow, to discuss some of the commonly asked questions.

You can find a copy of this article here


IPU Review Sept 2017


In November 2017 Liz sat down with Michelle Scott, Practice Review Project Lead for IIOP, to discuss some of the questions that pharmacists might have about the new process.

You can You can find a copy of this article here


 IPU Practice Review

October 4, 2017


7-9th February 2018, University College Cork

Theme: Clinical Supervision: What works, how and why?

Abstract Submission now open




7th - 9th February 2018, UCC 

Abstract Submission now open


Abstracts are now being welcomed for Oral and ePoster presentations at the 11th Annual Scientific Meeting which will be held in the Brookfield Health Complex in University College Cork from 7th - 9th February 2018.

The deadine for receipt of submissions is midnight, 17th November 2017. For further information and guidelines for submission, please visit the INMED website.

The theme for this years conference is Clinical Supervision: What works, how and why?