REPORTAGE: IFOMT 2016 - What the global said at Glasgow - Special Report

IFOMPT conference: Study finds that patients of physio independent prescribers have greater satisfaction levels - Independent prescribing has broadened the horizons of physiotherapists in the UK and has benefited patients.That was the message from Pip White, CSP professional adviser on medicines and prescribing, when she addressed the IFOMPT (International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists) conference in Glasgow on 7 July. She described the huge amount of work that led to physiotherapists winning the right to prescribe independently in 2013. Since then, around 500 physiotherapists have become registered independent prescribers, she said.

‘For physios in the UK, it’s been fundamental to expanding practice and making physiotherapy better for patients,’ she said. ‘It has created capacity in health systems, allows service redesign, and, when you add it to our toolkit of physiotherapy, has given us a unique selling point over other professions.’

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