Chief Professions Officers’ medicines mechanisms programme

A scoping project was undertaken in 2015 by NHS England which looked at the need for some regulated health professions to supply, administer and prescribe medicines to their patients. The report of the project made a number of recommendations, and the Chief Professions Officers’ Medicines Mechanisms (CPOMM) programme of work started in April 2017 to take forward the recommendations.

We are leading UK-wide consultations on proposals to change the medicines responsibilities for eight health professions, as follows:

  • enabling dental hygienists and dental therapists to supply and administer specific 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 within medicines legislation.

All the proposals share the same aim, to make it more convenient and safer for patients to get the medicines they need at the time and place when they need them. This will reduce the need for appointments with additional health professionals just to receive the medicines needed, which often results in unnecessary delays to the start of treatment.

The consultations will run from 15 October 2020 to 10 December 2020. Links to the individual consultation documents can be found below.

Read a letter from Suzanne Rastrick: Proposals for more efficient and responsive access to medicines for patients.

Engagement events

Engagement events will be held online during the consultation period. These will provide an opportunity for those attending to find out more about the proposals and the consultation process. Details of these events are as follows:

Proposals relating to the amendment of current lists of controlled drugs that can be prescribed (podiatrist independent prescribers, physiotherapist independent prescribers) or medicines that can be administered in emergency situations under exemption within medicines legislation (paramedics):

Proposals relating to the supply and administration of medicines under exemption within medicines legislation dental therapists and dental hygienists):

Proposals relating to the supply and administration of medicines under patient group directions (biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and operating department practitioners):

Patient and public engagement event:

Consultation documents

Dental hygienists and dental therapists:

Biomedical scientists:

Clinical scientists:

Operating department practitioners:

Podiatrist independent prescribers:

Physiotherapist independent prescribers: