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CSP welcomes Department of Health recommendation for physiotherapists’ Independent Prescribing rights

CSP press release published on 16 July 2009

Responding to a new report from the Department of Health on extending prescribing rights, Liz Cavan, Chair of Council at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), said:

“The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy eagerly welcomes the recommendations made in ‘Allied health professions, prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms scoping project report’, published yesterday (15 July 2009) by the Department of Health, that rights for Independent Prescribing be established for physiotherapists and podiatrists.

“The report states that 'Independent Prescribing is the most appropriate mechanism for patients in many physiotherapy care pathways, particularly those that involve first contact, diagnostic, self-referral and community care'. It also recommends progress towards supplementary prescribing for some other AHPs.

“This is a welcome step in the ongoing process of extending prescribing rights. The CSP is hopeful that the recommendations will be taken forward promptly, as it will give physiotherapists the opportunity to use their clinical expertise and autonomy to improve patient care.”


Notes to editors

1. For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111. Out of hours please call Becky Darke, CSP media relations officer, on 07900 160349.


2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 48,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

3. NHS referrals to physiotherapy can be gained through your GP, or you can contact your local NHS physiotherapy department, to find out how you can get an appointment. Alternatively, find a private physiotherapist near you at


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