Ministers have given their approval for amendments to legislation to be laid before Parliament, enabling independent prescribing responsibilities to be extended to physiotherapists and podiatrists.
Introducing independent prescribing to these two groups of clinicians will enable the development of new ways of delivering services that improve the quality of care, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.
The proposal to extend prescribing responsibilities follows two public consultations last year and subsequent recommendations from the Commission on Human Medicines.
Amendments to Medicines Act are expected to be laid before Parliament in October. Should the amendments be accepted, physiotherapists and podiatrists will need to complete newly developed education programmes, which will be developed for approval by the Health Professions Council (HPC), in order to become annotated as Independent Prescribers on the HPC’s register.
It is anticipated that HPC approved training programmes will be in place in autumn 2013 and physiotherapists and podiatrists independently prescribing in 2014.
More details will be published in the main August AHP Bulletin.