Optometrists, physiotherapists, radiographers and chiropodists / podiatrists are able to act as supplementary prescribers. They are able to prescribe the same as an NHS doctor; including controlled drugs and unlicensed medicines where there is patient need and as agreed by the patient and the doctor as part of a patient's clinical management plan.

You can find out if a health professional is qualified to act as a supplementary prescriber through the Health Professions Council's website. Click here to view.

Enter the search criteria; either the surname or registration number, then select the individual's name to open up their record. You should then be able to see if they are a supplementary prescriber.