A role for psychologists on prescription? [Part II]

Following on from A role for psychologists on prescription? …

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is seeking further discussion regarding possible benefits for patients if psychologists are given the option to prescribe medication.

Their new discussion document, Prescribing rights for Psychologists, is the result of a yearlong extensive consultation with individuals and stakeholders, including medical doctors, pharmacists, psychiatrists, nurses and experts by experience.

In a response to an NHS England request, the society established a project group a year ago to consider whether the experience of service users would be improved if psychologists had the option to prescribe medication.

Dr Rebecca Courtney-Walker, chair of the project group has said: “The positive feedback we’ve received so far has given us the confidence to proceed to this next, wider stage of consultation.

At this time, we are still at an exploratory stage and no decisions have been made, but we recognised the need for further information and consultation to allow an informed decision as to whether psychologists should have the option of prescribing rights.”

The BPS would like further responses to the discussion.

You can find out more and read the full discussion document from here.

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