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Independent prescribing streamlines patient care

An informal preparatory consultation on physiotherapists’ ability to become independent prescribers has been published.

The consultation highlights the benefits of making physios the first point of contact for patients, and offers insight into the strength of support for the proposal. The Department of Health published its recommendations on developing allied health professional prescribing in its 2009 report ‘Allied health professions prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project.’ The report recommended that a further consultation be undertaken to advance physiotherapists and podiatrists to independent prescribing rights. Key benefits to appropriately trained physios being able to prescribe medicines independently included patient satisfaction and cost benefits, said Sarah Bazin, chair of the CSP Medicines Advisory Group. ‘The most important benefit is that it streamlines the pathway for patients,’ says Sarah Bazin. ‘Physios can provide the whole episode of care, and don’t need to get a prescription from elsewhere. ‘This in turn significantly reduces costs, and adds to advanced practitioners’ scope of practice,’ she adds. Physiotherapists currently have access to supplementary prescribing courses, but an update course, which would elevate them to independent prescribers, has been proposed. A DH engagement exercise on independent prescribing is currently underway. To support this consultation, add your views at http://tinyurl.com/35qd38k In order to prepare for the public consultation, the Society is encouraging practising members to inform the CSP about the types of medicines they currently use or wish to use, in all areas of physiotherapy. Contact CSP professional adviser Pip White at whitep@csp.org.uk

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