Prescribing standards consultation by HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation about standards for prescribing – the closing date is 4 January 2013.

The Department of Health announced recently that chiropodists/podiatrists and physiotherapists will be able to prescribe independently; until this change, these groups, and radiographers, could become supplementary prescribers only.

The HCPC, which was known as the Health Professions Council until August this year, has taken this opportunity to replace the standards for supplementary prescribing as well. There are two sections: the first is on the standards that education programmes delivering prescribing training will need to meet; the second contains the standards that individual prescribers will need to meet.