Saturday, 1 March 2014

First wave of physios set to qualify as independent prescribers

Eight CSP members have completed one of England’s first independent prescribing courses for physiotherapists.

The physios were among the first intake of students on a conversion course for practitioners who were already supplementary prescribers. It was held at London South Bank University (LSBU).

As independent prescribers, the physios can prescribe medicines for their patients without a doctor’s counter-signature.

One of them, Rosalie Barrett, clinical lead physiotherapist at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘This is a really exciting time for physiotherapy and a huge milestone for the profession.

‘It’s the conclusion of a long campaign to allow physiotherapists the autonomy to prescribe independently within their specialised fields.

‘We already assess, diagnose and treat and now we are being given the recognition that we are specialists and we can ensure faster, more efficient patient care.’

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