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New legislation on independent prescribing comes into effect on 1 June 2015

12 May 2015 - 3:09pm

Physiotherapists in England, Wales and Scotland who are already independent prescribers can prescribe from a limited list of controlled drugs from 1 June.

Pip White - Independent prescribing

Professional adviser Pip White: 'The next step is to revise the list'

The development, which follows legal changes approved by the Home Office earlier this year, will allow suitably qualified physios to prescribe seven controlled drugs.

The seven drugs, classed as ‘controlled’ because they are liable to misuse, include temazepam, diazepam, morphine and dihydrocodeine.

CSP professional adviser Pip White told Frontline: ‘I am delighted to see another positive practice development for prescribing physiotherapists aimed at improving patient care.

‘The next step is to start work to revise the list, which, inevitably, is out of date as it was created in 2011. I will be talking to the Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency about how we progress this.’

She added that there are currently almost 100 independent prescribing physiotherapists in the UK.

The new legislation comes into effect in England, Wales and Scotland simultaneously. But it will not apply in Northern Ireland, which is currently amending its own controlled drugs legislation.

A list of the seven controlled drugs and further guidance about independent prescribing is available in Practice guidance for prescribers.

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