The British & Irish Orthoptic Society is pleased to confirm that NHS England today announced https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/02/medicines-legislation/ that legislation has been laid to allow Orthoptists to supply and administer specific medicines under exemptions within Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
Information Release_BIOS Exemptions Success_260216.doc
The immediate task is to ensure that Orthoptists are aware of the change in the UK law and encourage them to start to plan change to their practise. Other stakeholders like potential course providers, patients and other professions will be contacted over the coming weeks with messages relevant to them. These documents now appear on the BIOS website to mark the start of this process. Exemptions & Consultation
NHS England said on their newswire that: "Patients under the care of a suitably trained and qualified Dietitian, Orthoptist or Therapeutic Radiographer will shortly be able to access some of their medication without visiting a doctor, thanks to changes in legislation.
Following an announcement today by George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, patients will have timely access to the medicines they need and more choice in how they obtain them."
He went on to say that: “Expanding prescribing, supply and administration responsibilities to a wider group of healthcare professionals such as Therapeutic Radiographers, Dietitians and Orthoptists is good news for patients who will be able to access high quality services more quickly and conveniently.
It will also help to drive up efficiency by freeing up doctors’ time to care for patients with more complex health care needs and reduce bureaucracy.”
Read more here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/02/medicines-legislation/
Helen Marriott, AHP Medicines Project Lead at NHS England says in her blog:
"The announcement by Ministers that the law will change to include the introduction of independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers, supplementary prescribing by dietitians and the use of exemptions by orthoptists can only be regarded as fantastic news for patients.
The amount of time spent waiting for medicines, as a part of their treatment from these AHPs, is about to be cut dramatically. This new way of working will bring about timely access to medicines so that patients get maximum benefit with fewer appointments needed with other healthcare professionals."
Read more here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/02/helen-marriott/