Proposals for more efficient and responsive access to medicines for patients

This letter provides details around the Chief Professions Officers’ medicines mechanisms programme public consultations on proposals that include changes to medicines responsibilities for eight regulated health professions.

SPS commentary:

Changes under consultation are as follows:

  • Enabling dental hygienists and dental therapists to supply and administer certain medicines under exemptions within medicines legislation
  • Enabling biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and operating department practitioners to supply and administer medicines using patient group directions
  • Amending the current lists of controlled drugs that podiatrist and physiotherapist independent prescribers are legally able to prescribe
  • Amending the list of medicines that paramedics can administer in emergency situations using exemptions.


NHS England