Prescribing Rights for Physiotherapists

Landmark decision gives UK physios a world first in prescribing rights.

Following extensive consultation the green light has been given for physiotherapists in the UK to be able to train in the prescription of certain medications for their patients.  The CSP, the governing body of physiotherapists in the UK, report that, ‘Physiotherapists will be the first in the world to be able to take appropriate training to prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication plus medications involved in the treatment of asthma, neurological disorders, rheumatological disorders and women’s health issues.’

The BBC reports that, ‘This should improve access and speed of treatment and free up valuable time for GP’s, patients will no longer have to go back to their GP in order to get medication’.

Earl Howe, under secretary for quality at the Department of Health, said that, ‘The move would ensure that patients could benefit from faster access to medicines such as painkillers and anti-inflammatories.

He added that, ”Physiotherapists are highly trained clinicians who play a vital role in ensuring patients receive integrated care that helps them recover after treatment or to manage a long-term condition successfully, by introducing these changes, we aim to make the best use of their skills and allow patients to benefit from a faster and more effective service.’

This is awesome news for the profession of physiotherapy and a recognition of the autonomy, skills, knowledge and experience of physiotherapists. Moves are already being put in place to develop appropriate training programmes and the first cohort of students are expected to start in Autumn 2013. I certainly intend to undertake the training at the earliest opportunity.

Watch this space for more updates.

Nick Wirth BSc(Hons) MCSP

Senior Physiotherapist

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