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May 16, 2019

Applications are invited for the two-year (part-time) MSc in Hospital Pharmacy taught course, leading to a Master’s Degree in Hospital Pharmacy, commencing in January 2020.

Winner of the GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year in the Health Sciences Division 2019, the M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy is the longest running postgraduate hospital pharmacy course in Ireland. It is unique, in that it is the only broad-based hospital pharmacy course in Ireland, covering both clinical and non-clinical aspects of hospital pharmacy practice.

Key features of the course include the following:

* Provides students with expert knowledge and skills necessary to undertake all aspects of hospital pharmacy including clinical pharmacy, dispensary and drug distribution, administration and management, aseptic compounding, pharmacoeconomics and medicines information.

* Intensive practical experience is gained via the clinical and non-clinical rotations during the hospital attachment under the expert guidance of an assigned tutor(s).

* Face-to-face teaching sessions from clinical experts and hospital managers, who are leaders in their field.

* Opportunity for students to network with pharmacists from other Irish hospitals via small group and peer-review assignments at weekly teaching sessions during term time.


* Completion of a 20,000 word practice-based research project in either a clinical or non-clinical area, with support from both the School and a hospital-based tutor. Many students subsequently publish a paper based on their research.


Graduates of our M.Sc. programme have excellent job prospects and past graduates hold specialist and leadership roles across a wide range of both clinical and non-clinical areas in hospital practice throughout Ireland over the past 20 years.


Please see course webpage: http://www.pharmacy.tcd.ie/postgraduate/msc_hospital.php.

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2019.

Short-listed students will be invited to attend hospital interviews the week commencing 9th September 2019 to secure hospital placements. Successful applicants will be based in full-time employment in one of the course approved hospitals for the two-year duration of the course.


Further information may be obtained from:

Niamh McMahon, Course Coordinator,                   Ph.01-896 3181/416 2467

School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences,

Trinity College Dublin.                                               Email: nmcmahon@tcd.ie

April 30, 2019

The All Ireland Pharmacy Conference now invites submission of abstracts for the 2019 conference.

The 9th All Ireland Pharmacy Conference will be held at Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk on 14th and 15th October 2019

This conference is jointly coordinated by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development and the Irish Institute of Pharmacy. Its focus is to share good practice in pharmaceutical care and practice development across the primary and secondary care sectors. Pharmacists, technicians and qualified assistants will be encouraged to exchange ideas for pharmaceutical service development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

On the evening of Monday 14th October 2019 the conference dinner will take place at 8.00pm and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues. The main conference proceedings will start at 9.30am on Tuesday 15th October 2019 with a keynote address by Dr Catherine Duggan (CEO International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)) focused on policy formation for clear and manageable strategies to implement comprehensive needs-based development of the pharmaceutical workforce. The remainder of the conference will involve parallel oral sessions and poster presentations.

The cost of the conference dinner will be covered by sponsorship. The day delegate rate for the conference is €45 and online registration will be available in mid-May through the IIOP website. 

The cost of overnight accommodation, if required, is €90 single and €79 twin (per person sharing).


The conference is themed around the FIP Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals. Abstracts are invited that deal with a broad range of pharmacy practice, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Competency development (FIP Goal 5)
  • Advanced practice & specialisation (FIP Goal 4)
  • Workforce impact  (FIP Goal 11)
  • Working with others (FIP Goal 8)

Abstracts can be submitted on the IIOP Website (IIOP.ie/AIPC2019). Applicants should clearly indicate the corresponding and presenting author(s) and whether they wish their abstract to be considered for poster or oral presentation (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions). The closing date for receipt of abstracts is Friday 10th May 2019 and authors will be notified regarding acceptance by Friday 21st June 2019.

The organising bodies will cover the conference costs (i.e the day delegate fee & accommodation) for the main presenter of each oral presentation. For those presenting posters, the day delegate fee will be covered.

March 15, 2019

The first 5th-year placements of the new integrated pharmacy programme will begin in January 2020. APPEL is now accepting expressions of interest from pharmacists who would like to facilitate an experiential learning placement for a 5th-year pharmacy student.

* Placements can be in community or hospital practice settings

* Placements will last 8 months from the 6th of January to the 28th of August

* Trainers must be 3+ years registered with the PSI

* Training and support will be provided to all pharmacists facilitating placements

The first cohort of students on the new integrated pharmacy programme are about to reach their final year. APPEL are excited to support students in one of the last “firsts” of their pharmacy degree, their final experiential learning placement. Students will have previously completed a 2-week placement in 2nd year and a 4-month placement in 4th year and are now looking forward to completing their 8-month 5th-year placement.

Pharmacists who have previously taken students in their 2nd and 4th years have found the experience enjoyable and rewarding. In surveys, 90% of pharmacists said they would recommend facilitating a placement to other pharmacists. The advantages of facilitating an APPEL placement include:

* Continuing Professional Development – APPEL Trainer Training can contribute to your CPD, as can the experience of facilitating a placement.

* Development of your talent pipeline – 5th-year students are close to completing their studies and may soon be looking for their first role as a pharmacist.

* Engagement – participating in the APPEL programme provides you with the opportunity to increase awareness of your pharmacy/organisation. APPEL training and events provide fantastic networking opportunities to meet with your current and future peers.

If you are interested in facilitating future pharmacists’ training, please call 01-4025129, email ops@appel.ie or go to www.appel.ie to find out more

February 27, 2019

Applications are invited for this two-year (part-time) distance learning Master’s Degree offered by the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork course, commencing in September 2019.

The course is structured to provide specialist training to enable pharmacists working in hospital and community pharmacies, extend their professional role within the evolving clinical healthcare system.

The course will develop a greater understanding of the major pharmacotherapeutic issues of various disease states in order to develop a greater understanding of the particular needs of patients with these diseases. It will also provide graduates with the skills needed to become leaders in clinical pharmacy services, such as critical appraisal of drug therapies, rational drug use (including pharmacoeconomic evaluation), medication safety management, research project management, presentation skills and report writing.

The distance learning format allows students to remain in employment throughout the course. Students will be able to communicate with each other and the teaching staff by means of regular teleconferences/webinars and interactive internet systems.

Applicants must hold a primary pharmacy degree and ideally, should have a minimum of one year practical experience. Applicants must be registered as a pharmacist with the professional accreditation authority in the country in which they are practising.

Further information about this course is available here.

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2019.

Applicants must apply online at www.pac.ie/ucc . Full details of the applicant procedure are available on this website.

For further information please contact Dr. Teresa Barbosa (Programme Director, t.barbosa@ucc.ie; + 353 21 490 1792), School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

February 18, 2019

A number of updates have been made to the functionality of the NPSO Learning Zone to make it easier to navigate and access relevant learning content to support you in your role.

All courses are now accessible directly through the homepage, so you no longer have to go through the catalogue page.

The National Patient Safety Office is committing to ensuring it offerers the most relevant learning opportunities and plan to add new resources to the Learning Zone later this year.  

January 15, 2019

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Early Career Researcher Forum (ECRF) is open to all researchers or clinicians from any discipline who consider themselves in the early to mid-stages of their research career in palliative and end of life care or whose research may influence people with palliative care needs.

ECRF membership provides FREE membership with opportunities to:

  • Access peer and mentor support,
  • Develop links with senior researchers
  • Participate in capacity building workshops
  • Publish blog articles
  • Receive regular funding updates
  • Hear about career development opportunities
  • Transfer and exchange knowledge across disciplines

The Forum, which is multidisciplinary in nature and has members from across the island of Ireland, is constantly expanding and we want even more researchers to join and benefit from this collaborative community of peers. There are no membership criteria to join the ECRF. The ECRF: "provides an environment for support, advice and signposting…Some of the challenges for early career researchers in palliative care in Ireland…include securing opportunities to network with key experienced researchers in the field to benefit from their expertise and to also establish collaborations for future research studies."  Dr Helen Kerr, Early Career Researcher Forum.

For people who wish to join, there is an online form to complete, which can accessed here.

To learn more about the ECRF,  visit http://www.professionalpalliativehub.com/research/ecrf

For any further information on the ECRF, contact Ann Leahy at AIIHPC, ann.leahy@aiihpc.org

Visit The Palliative Hub (research): http://www.professionalpalliativehub.com/Research