Practising pharmacists provide supportive learning and training opportunities for pharmacy students to gain the knowledge, skill and attitude required to be a competent pharmacist. Tutor pharmacists also act as role models to inspire, challenge and instil confidence.

Tutors and the five-year Master's degree programme

For pharmacists wishing to supervise students under the new five-year Master’s degree programme, the placement programme is managed by APPEL. As part of the programme, students now undertake practice placements throughout the five years (during 2nd, 4th and 5th years), and there is opportunity for pharmacists working in different areas of practice to provide their support. More details and contact information is available at www.appel.ie.

Tutors and the National Pharmacy Internship Programme

Under the pre-existing 4+1 year programme, the National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) gives formal recognition and support to tutor pharmacists who mentor and guide interns.

Pharmacists can also act as tutors for Third Country Qualification Recognition (TCQR) applicants during an adaptation period.

Pharmacists who wish to become a tutor in the NPIP are required to:

  1. Have practised as a pharmacist for a minimum of 3 years with a minimum of 1 years’ experience in the field of pharmacy practice in which you intend to act as a tutor;
  2. Undertake to complete the tutor training as specified by the PSI Council;
  3. Declare that you will not supervise an intern in a training establishment where there is a 'connected person'. For the purposes of applications for the NPIP, an applicant shall be deemed to be connected with a training establishment, or a tutor pharmacist, if the applicant is the owner or co-owner of that establishment, or is connected with any owner or co-owner of that establishment, or the applicant is connected with the tutor pharmacist.  The term "connected" shall be construed in accordance with Section 10 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (as amended from time to time) (the "TCA") and a "relative", as such term is used in the TCA, shall be deemed to include an uncle, aunt, niece or nephew.
  4. Disclose to the PSI that you have no convictions or disciplinary sanctions against you. Please refer to Section 1 of the PSI Policy on Matters in Relation to the National Pharmacy Internship Programme.

To become a tutor, you must complete a tutor training programme. Participation in a tutor training workshop will contribute to a pharmacist’s continuing professional development (CPD) and can be documented as a CDP cycle.

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  • Tutor Support and Resources

  • Recognition of TCQR as a qualification appropriate for practice in Ireland

  • Tutor Training Requirements