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Medical ACT

How has Medical ACT evolved?

Medical ACT (Additional Costs of Teaching) has been in existence since 1977 and is funding provided by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Government (SG) funding to support the education of medical students in NHS Scotland.

Until 2005, Medical ACT funding was provided to only the 4 main “Teaching Boards” (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee), However, it was recognised that funding should flow to all Scottish Health Boards involved in clinical teaching of medical students enrolled in Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) programmes. Thereafter the total Medical ACT budget was split with a proportion going to the “Teaching Boards” and the balance provided to NES, with the responsibility for distribution to all Boards where teaching was being delivered. Medical ACT funding is currently allocated to all 14 territorial Health Boards and some special Boards including Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), National Services Scotland (NSS) which administers on behalf of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and The State Hospital. 



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