Number of Physios with Prescribing Rights Rises
The number of UK physiotherapists with prescribing rights has risen by 30 percent in three months, to almost 500.
A total of 111 physiotherapists have become independent prescribers over the past five months, according to new figures released by the Health and Care Professions Council, rising from 362 to 473.
Previously, physiotherapists could only prescribe medicine agreed upon by a doctor and listed in a patient's clinical management plan.
This situation changed in 2013 when the government passed a ruling allowing them to independently prescribe medicines to patients, leading to rising numbers of physiotherapists gaining independent prescribing rights.
The increase has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists (CSP), with CSP professional adviser Pip White saying she hoped more physiotherapists would take up the opportunity to become independent prescribers.
"This is excellent news," she said. "It shows that we are now starting to see the positive impact that legislative change has had on the ability of physiotherapists to take on new roles for the benefit of patients.
"The addition of prescribing to the physiotherapy 'toolkit' of assessments, management and rehabilitation enhances the contribution of physiotherapy to patient care.
"We are really pleased to continue to hear from our prescribing members who are now making a real difference to patient care in a wide variety of clinical settings."