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Physiotherapist amongst UK’s first to qualify as an independent prescriber

Physiotherapist Rosalie Barrett is one of the UK's first independent prescriber physios

Friday 28 March 2014 

A physiotherapist from Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust will be amongst the first in the country to be able to prescribe medications to patients.  

Rosalie Barrett, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for the Trust’s Integrated Community Response Service, is one of the first eight physiotherapists in the UK to complete the independent prescriber conversion course at London South Bank University.  

As an independent prescriber, Rosalie will now be able to prescribe medicines for patients without a doctor’s counter-signature.  

Rosalie said: “This is a really exciting time for physiotherapy and a huge milestone for the profession. Allowing physiotherapists to become independent prescribers is the conclusion of a long campaign to allow physiotherapists the autonomy to prescribe independently within their specialised fields.”  

She adds: “We already assess, diagnose and treat and now we are being given the recognition that we are specialists so we can ensure faster, more efficient patient care."  

Jo Manley, Director of Operations at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust said: “I’d like to congratulate Rosalie on this huge achievement. It’s fantastic news that a member of our staff will be amongst the first physiotherapists in the country, and the first within the profession, to qualify to prescribe medications.”   

Before a government ruling in 2013, physiotherapists were only able to train as supplementary prescribers, which meant they could only prescribe medicines which had previously been listed in a patient’s clinical management plan and agreed beforehand by a doctor.  

Rosalie will be able to independently prescribe medications to patients by May 2014, after the qualification has been formally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.