Independent prescribing for diagnostic radiographers moves a step closer

Therapeutic radiographer features as a case study in new RPS guidance

Published: 11 August 2022 Advanced practitioners

Hazel Boyce, a specialist therapeutic radiographer at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, represented the SoR in developing a new document published in June by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Professional Guidance Expanding Prescribing Scope of Practice

Hazel herself features in the document with an enlightening case study about her work and how her scope of prescribing practice is safely evolving. While the document aims at those with prescribing qualifications, it is an easy read and relevant to service leads, governance managers and those who aspire to prescribe medicines.

Therapeutic radiographers can train as independent prescribers, while diagnostic radiographers are entitled to train as supplementary prescribers. The principles of expanding the scope of practice are the same for both groups.

The SoR says it hopes to have good news about diagnostic radiographers developing independent prescribing rights soon.