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Start date is announced for independent prescribing in Scotland

21 March 2014 - 9:33am

Legal changes that will allow physiotherapists in Scotland to prescribe drugs to their patients without a doctor’s involvement are due to come into force on 1 May.

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Pip White: 'Members in Scotland will be able to prescribe on an equal footing with their English counterparts.'

The decision marks yet another step forward in the battle to recognise physiotherapists’ clinical skills. Similar changes were established in England in August 2013.

Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, CSP policy officer for Scotland, welcomed the news: ‘I am delighted that the Scottish Government has introduced the necessary changes.’

And CSP professional adviser Pip White, who worked to push through independent prescribing, was also pleased at the news.

‘We welcome the fact that members in Scotland will be able to prescribe on an equal footing with their English counterparts,’ she said.

Changes to Welsh regulations are anticipated shortly. As yet there has been no confirmation of plans for Northern Ireland.

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