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Physiotherapists and podiatrists receive independent presciption powers

21st August 2013

The government has introduced new legislation that gives physiotherapists and podiatrists the power to independently prescribe medicine to their patients.

Following this move – which makes the UK the first country in the world to allow this – patients will no longer have to go back to their doctors to get medication after visiting their physio or podiatrist, saving them time and reducing the burden on GPs.

Only physios or podiatrist who demonstrate their competence by undergoing training and acquiring necessary qualifications will be able to prescribe medicines in this way, thus ensuring patient safety is protected.

Around 15 million people are currently living with a long-term condition, with these new regulations allowing them to receive treatment closer to home and in a more timely manner.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said: "Physiotherapists and podiatrists are highly skilled professionals and these changes will allow them to give better care to the millions of people with acute and long-term conditions."

The move has been welcomed by a number of industry bodies, including the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and College of Podiatry, as well as charities such as Arthritis Research UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801627951-ADNFCR

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