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Medical ACT

The Additional Cost of Teaching (ACT) fund is provided by the Scottish Government to cover the additional costs of teaching medical undergraduate students within the NHS.

What is Medical ACT?

Medical ACT funding (approx. £116M) is provided by the Scottish Government to help support the additional costs of teaching undergraduate medical students within the NHS in Scotland. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) receives the funding from the Scottish Government, NES manage and distribute it on their behalf to NHS Boards. 



Allocation Model

NES distributes Medical ACT funding to Health Boards and GPs in Scotland who are engaged in undergraduate medical teaching.

A three stage allocation model is used to calculate the allocation amount for each Health Board using actual student numbers and reported teaching activity from Health Boards.

A wide range of undergraduate teaching is funded by Medical ACT including; clinical placements within hospital and primary care settings, as well as direct teaching activity such as lectures, tutorials and teaching within clinical skills centres.  Medical ACT funding also contributes to the infrastructure available to support teaching.

NHS Boards are responsible for the delivery of clinical teaching to undergraduate medical students and for ensuring appropriate quality standards are met within local education providers.

A Performance Management Framework (PMF) also supports the management of Medical ACT which provides guidance to Health Boards on appropriate use of Medical ACT funding. 

Related Medical ACT Documents

  Medical ACT Indicative Timeline 2023_24 (Docx)

This page was last updated on: 05.04.2023 at 15.16