Prescribing Powers Extended in Wales

Physiotherapists, chiropodists and podiatrists in Wales now have new powers to prescribe medicines to their patients, the Welsh Government has announced.


Welsh Government

On September 24, 2014, new laws came into force, which allow this group of health professionals, who have successfully completed additional training to prescribe medicines, such as anti-inflammatory agents and painkillers, for their patients. The new regulations mean physiotherapists, chiropodists and podiatrists will no longer always have to refer their patients back to a GP if medication is needed.

The move is part of efforts to improve the patient experience and free-up time for GPs. Currently nurses, pharmacists and optometrists are among those who can prescribe medicines and other items, such as dressings and appliances, from the Drug Tariff.

The changes will:

  • Improve access and advice about medicines for patients;
  • Ensure appropriate use of a skilled healthcare workforce;
  • Contribute to more flexible team-working across the Welsh NHS;
  • Improve patient care and convenience.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

"These new regulations mark a significant change in the way the Welsh NHS works. It will mean the better use of highly-trained health professionals so patients benefit from a faster, more effective service with quicker access to the medications they need.

"This recognises the qualifications and experience of physiotherapists, chiropodists and podiatrists and puts them in an even better position to treat their patients in a more effective way. Crucially, it will also help alleviate pressure on other parts of the health service."



Welsh Government



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