Evaluation of the 2019 ACTp Pilot [Final Report]

Watson, M C and Jacob, S A and Jebara, T (2019) Evaluation of the 2019 ACTp Pilot [Final Report]. NHS Education for Scotland, Edinburgh.

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In 2019, the first Additional Cost of Teaching Pharmacy (ACTp) funded experiential learning (EL) was piloted across Scotland. These pilots ran alongside existing EL in all years of the MPharm in two Scottish Schools of Pharmacy. Sixty undergraduate MPharm students participated in the pilot: 29 Robert Gordon University (RGU); 31 University of Strathclyde (UoS). A total of 41 sites hosted students, including 18 general practices, 10 community pharmacies, 10 community/specialist hospitals (e.g. mental health, prison service), NHS 24 (two sites) and one ‘combined package’. Two community pharmacies had extended opening and the eight remaining community pharmacies were in remote and rural locations. The sites were distributed across most of the Scottish Health Boards. This evaluation explored stakeholder opinions and experiences of the pilots and identified areas for future improvement.