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Additional Cost of Teaching (ACT)


Additional Cost of Teaching (ACT) Funding for Undergraduate Student 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.

What is Preparation for Facilitating Experiential Learning Training (PFEL)?

This is a training and preparation package which will be available from November 2018 to all Pharmacists acting in the role of Facilitator of experiential learning. A PFEL fee per Facilitator will be available and the Facilitator needs to have completed the training by the 20th March 2019. The training will cover a variety of topics including:

  • What is involved in EL and what do you need to do in your role as Facilitator?
  • What do the Universities expect from you as a Facilitator of EL?
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Giving Feedback

The training will include:

  • completion of e-learning modules which are available on Turas Learn (Please log into Turas Learn before clicking the link).
  • attendance at a full day face to face training session. The dates and locations for January - March are listed below.

Anyone who has already undertaken the Core Tutor Training e-learning modules within their role as PRPS or VT Foundation tutor or the NES online learning modules for Educational Supervisors within the last 3 years does not need to complete the above e-learning unless they wish to. However, you will need to attend the face to face training.  

Date Location (Venue TBC) Portal code (for booking)
Tuesday 19th February Glasgow
Monday 25th February Glasgow
Wednesday 27th February Stirling
Wednesday 6th March Edinburgh
Thursday 7th March Glasgow
Monday 11th March Aberdeen
Wednesday 13th March Glasgow
Tuesday 19th March Glasgow

These are available to book on Portal now –

PFEL training should only be booked by those who are confirmed to be eligible for ACT funding through the NES Educational Agreement. If you are unsure, please contact NES Pharmacy to check your eligibility. Bookings will be reviewed and those who are not eligible will be contacted.

Please ensure that you secure your place by booking onto the training before arranging any cover. 

Scottish Pharmacy Experiential Learning Pilots in 2018-19

Three EL pilots are being carried out  in 2018-19.

  • Introducing undergraduates to Primary Care
  • Introducing undergraduates to Out of Hours/Unscheduled Care - NHS24 and extended hour pharmacies
  • Increasing EL capacity using Remote and Rural community pharmacies, community or specialist Hospitals, Remote and Rural bundles (combinations of hospital, community and primary care)

All confirmed pilot sites have now been contacted and students will be hosted in these sites January- March 2019. Following this, pilot sites will be contacted to participate in an evaluation of the experience

How do I get involved?

The Universities have distributed a communication seeking expressions of interest in ACT contributions from those involved in EL for the 2018-19 academic year – please contact if you are interested.

Giving feedback from Student Pharmacists 

As part of ACT (as detailed in the NES Educational Agreement), EL Facilitators hosting Student Pharmacists will be asked to give individual feedback on each student. During the EL week, the university named contact will be e-mailed a link to an online feedback form by the university to allow this to happen. Failure to provide feedback may result in delay to the ACT contribution fees and will be taken into consideration when approving EL sites for Student Pharmacists going forward.

If you are a facilitator for a University of Strathclyde Student Pharmacist, you can provide feedback using this link

If you are a facilitator for a Robert Gordon University Student Pharamcist, you can provide feedback using this link

After each EL experience, the Student Pharmacist will be asked to give feedback on the EL site.

Experiential Learning Handbook

Both Universities have an Experiential Leaning handbook which provides full details of their Experiential Learning requirements, including intended learning outcomes. Please find the University of Strathclyde Experiential Learning Handbook below. The RGU handbook will be available in due course.

University Of Strathclyde EL Handbook

Webinar – Facilitating Experiential Learning

A webinar which took place on Tuesday 22nd January provided an opportunity for the Scottish schools of Pharmacy to provide an update on their MPharm course structure and how experiential learning (EL) is integrated into the course. A recording of the webinar is available by clicking on the image below



ACT Payments

Any training provider who received ACT monies in December 18, should have now received an ACT letter detailing monies transferred.

Training providers will receive an ACT letter in February 19 detailing monies they will receive in March and an ACT letter in March 19 detailing monies they will receive in April 19.

Health Boards will receive an ACT letter in February 19 detailing monies they will receive at the end of February 19.