Tuesday, August 20, 2013

UK gives prescribing powers to physios/podiatrists

The first batch of so-called 'advanced practitioners' are expected to have completed the necessary training course in the Summer of next year, and will only be able to prescribe medicines relevant to their role, the Department of Heath said.

“This change will not only benefit patients by making it more convenient to get treatment but it will also free up valuable GP time," noted Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, adding: "We are showing the world that the NHS is at the forefront of healthcare, paving the way for other countries".

Designed to improve timely access to medicines, deliver care closer to home, enable self care and management of long-term conditions, and improve treatment outcomes, the idea ticks a number of boxes on the government health agenda.


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