Quality Assurance of the APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) Experiential Learning Placements in Ireland

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McCarthy, Ruth
Donovan, Maria
Morgan, Anne-Teresa
Reynolds, Róisín
Ní Sheachnasaigh, Eimear
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Background: The delivery of the undergraduate pharmacy professional degree programme in Ireland changed in 2014 from a 4 + 1-year internship programme to a five-year integrated programme1. The new programme integrates experiential learning (EL) placements across the undergraduate programme2. APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) manages the EL placements of the integrated pharmacy programmes of the three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland. APPEL is a unique collaboration between University College Cork (UCC), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and Trinity College Dublin (Trinity). APPEL provides a single point of contact for Trainers, Training Establishments, and students for all EL placement activities. This programme has been accredited by the regulatory body for Irish pharmacy the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). Aim: The aim of this talk to share the learnings and quality assurance processes of the APPEL EL placement programme. Discussion: This talk links to sub-theme two of the conference, ‘Things that help us in our journey’, linking to the experiential entry point to learning and learning in partnership. We will discuss the policies, processes and review mechanisms used by APPEL to deliver a quality assured EL placement programme in a single unified manner across the three schools of pharmacy in the state. The role of Practice Educators, academics and students in the evolution and delivery of the programme. The on-going improvement mechanisms and vision for the programme in its central role within the Irish undergraduate professional degree programme.
Quality Assurance , APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning , Pharmacy , Ireland , Pharmacy education
McCarthy, R., Donovan, M., Morgan, A.-T., Reynolds, R. and Ní Sheachnasaigh, E. (2021) ‘Quality Assurance of the APPEL (Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning) Experiential Learning Placements in Ireland’, Life Long Learning in Pharmacy 2021, 13th International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 27-30 June.