The snappily entitled Allied Health Professionals Prescribing and Medicines Supply Mechanisms Scoping Project recommended further work be undertaken to take forward independent prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists.

As a result, the Department of Health has invited views on the development of independent prescribing for physiotherapists and podiatrists entitled Engagement exercises to seek views on possibilities for introducing independent prescribing responsibilities for physiotherapists and podiatrists.

Depending on the outcome, and subject to agreement by Ministers, these views may then inform and assist the development of a formal public consultation led by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) proposing specific amendments to the relevant legislation.  

Responses can be made by email or in writing and are welcomed from individuals, groups and organisations. The deadline is 26 November 2010.