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Addititional Cost of Teaching (ACT) Funding for Undergraduate Pharmacists in Scotland

Addititional Cost of Teaching (ACT) Funding for Undergraduate Pharmacists in Scotland

What is ACT Funding?

Scottish Government has announced that it is to make funding available annually from 2018-19 to support the education and training of undergraduate student pharmacists in Scotland. This funding will provide dedicated resource to support the additional cost of experiential learning for undergraduate pharmacy students within pharmacy practice and to assist the profession to expand and enhance the quality of experiential learning (EL) in hospital, community and primary care settings.

What is happening now?

NES is working with Robert Gordon University, the University of Strathclyde and other stakeholders to develop proposals for the distribution of ACT funding using a fair and equitable approach for EL.

What is ‘ACT contribution to training fees’?

‘ACT contribution to training fees’ is an allocation of funding to EL providers who are hosting student pharmacists in this academic year. NES is working with the two universities to identify the community pharmacy contractors and health boards who have agreed to support EL in 2018/19. To be eligible to receive an ACT contribution, the Pharmacist facilitating EL (Facilitator) needs to have committed to undertaking the training and preparation below. The Facilitator would also need to provide feedback on student pharmacist performance to the university at the end of placement . A premises approval would require to be completed by NES.

To learn more please visit our dedicated ACT page on our website.