Proposals to introduce independent prescribing by podiatrists

Closed 30 Dec 2011

Opened 15 Sep 2011

Results Updated 24 Jul 2012

Summary of Public Consultation on Proposals to Introduce Independent Prescribing by Podiatrists

July 24th, 2012

A summary of the responses given to the public consultation on proposals to introduce independent prescribing by podiatrists is now available. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) associated with physiotherapist and podiatrist independent prescribing has also been developed based upon comments and queries arising from the consultation process.

On 24th July, Ministers announced their agreement to lay amendments to medicines legislation before Parliament which would enable independent prescribing responsibilities to be extended to appropriately qualified podiatrists.



This consultation concerns proposals for podiatrists to become independent prescribers of medicines. It also proposes that podiatrist independent prescribers are allowed to mix licensed medicines prior to administration and direct others to mix, and to be able to prescribe independently from a limited list of controlled drugs. This would be achieved primarily by changes to the Medicines Act 1968 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.


We recommend that you read the Executive Summary as a minimum before responding to the consultation questions.


All relevant consultation documents are available at the bottom of this page in the Related documents section, and linked throughout the online consultation for your reference.


You can respond in one of the following ways:

1.   By completing the online consultation (see link below)

2.   Download a PDF of the reply form here, record your response and email the document to us at by 30th December. 

3.   Alternatively, you may print the reply form, or request a copy to be posted to you. Please send your responses to:
Sally Brown, Room 5E47
Professional Leadership Team
Department of Health, Quarry House

Leeds   LS2 7UE

What Happens Next

Following the close of the consultation, the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) will be asked to consider the proposals in the light of the comments received. CHM's advice will be conveyed to Ministers. Subject to the agreement of Ministers, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will then make the necessary amendments to medicines legislation. A full government analysis of the outcome of the consultation and the accompanying comments will be made available [before or alongside any further action] and will be placed on the MHRA and DH Consultations websites. If the consultation responses support the inclusion of any controlled drugs, the Home Office will ask the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to consider the proposals and advise Ministers. If Ministerial approval is received, the Home Office will make appropriate amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. The Health Professions Council will then begin developing the professional regulations required for the governance of independent prescribing by its members. The HPC standards will then be subject to a consultation. The development of education programmes and the evaluation of prospective providers would follow, along with the development of education programme curricula. If all elements of the proposal were approved and all the relevant organisations in a position to complete their elements of the work at the earliest possible point without delay, the first intake of podiatrists on an independent prescribing education programme would be 2013. As there are a number of organisations working within different timeframes contributing to each stage of the process, there is a risk that the optimum timescale for completing the aims of the project may be delayed beyond 2013.


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