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Background

Physiotherapists have been able to use medicines as part of their practice for many years. The extent to which an individual physiotherapist is able to integrate medicines use into physiotherapy practice will depend on their own area of practice, education, training and experience.

Historical developments in physiotherapy and medicines use

Contemporary medicines use has progressed a long way since the first controls on products with medicinal properties back in the Middle Ages.

The CSP has been actively working to increase prescribing rights for physiotherapists since the late 1990s.

1540 King Henry VIII introduces the first regulation of 'medicines' with the Apothecary Wares, Drugs and Stuffs Act.
1614 First requirement for medicines to be supplied with the knowledge of a doctor, first requirement for 'controlled drugs' to be supplied against a prescription, with the Apothecaries Charter.
1920 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy created by Royal Charter and the 4 pillars of practice established.
1968 Introduction of The Medicines Act. Unified structure to control all aspects of medicines use. Physiotherapists able to supply and administer medicines to patients under the direction given in a doctor's prescription (PSD).
1971 Introduction of The Misuse of Drugs Act. Unified structure to control all aspects of 'dangerous drugs' now known as 'controlled drugs'
1977 The physiotherapy profession secured professional autonomy.
1999 The Crown 2 Report. Recommended that physiotherapists have prescribing powers to improve patient pathways of care.
2000 Introduction of the 'Patient Group Direction' (PGD). Physiotherapists able to supply and administer medicines to patients without a doctor needing to sign a prescription for each patient.
2001 Physiotherapy gained protection of title under the Health Professions Order. Consolidation and updating of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 into the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
2005 Introduction of 'Supplementary Prescribing' by physiotherapists. Physiotherapists able to prescribe medicines in conjunction with a doctor under the terms of a written Clinical Management Plan.
2012 Consolidation and updating of the Medicines Act 1968 into the Human Medicines Regulations 2012. Announcement that physiotherapists will be given independent prescribing rights.
2013 Introduction of 'Independent Prescribing' by physiotherapists. Physiotherapists able to independently prescribe any licensed medicine within their competence and mix medicines prior to administration. Physiotherapists will be able to prescribe from a list of 7 controlled drugs subject to Home Office approval.
2014 First physiotherapist independent prescribing course available.

Key CSP resources for members

The CSP produces a range of resources that provide a wealth of information to support your integration of medicine use in your practice. Here are links to the CSP resources around medicines use in physiotherapy practice.

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