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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 of £2000 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 venues for these sessions in November are:
Date Location Venue Address
Tuesday 13th November Stirling venue Hotel Colessio, 33 Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU, Scotland
Thursday 15th November (EVENT FULL) Glasgow venue Jurys Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, G1 4QG 
Monday19th November Aberdeen venue Park Inn by Radisson, 1 Justice Mill Lane, AB11 6EQ
Monday 19th November Edinburgh venue Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, 19 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SD

These are available to book on Portal now –

*Please ensure you have a space confirmed on the training event before booking locum cover

Dates for January-March 2019 will be released soon.

What else is proposed?

We are also exploring additional sites to increase the opportunities for EL across Scotland and plan to carry out pilots in 2018-19. These include :

  • 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 – all sectors

-        Community/Specialist Hospitals

-        Sites (hospital/community) for EL/Difficult to fill

The sites involved in the EL pilot projects will be eligible for both the PFEL fee, an ACT contribution to training fees and an additional fee will be payable for participation in and activity around evaluation of these pilots. We will be seeking specific expressions of interest in participation for pilots as the proposals develop.


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.