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Internal Consultation: Prescribing Rights

02 October 2019

The BPS Professional Practice Board established a project group in 2018 to review and respond to a request from NHS England (NHSE) to consider whether there is a need for the extension of prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms to include qualified statutorily regulated psychologists. This development could have the potential to improve the experience of service users as well as giving the profession an opportunity to continue to progress.

The group have completed a year of consultation with individuals and small focus groups of stakeholders including psychologists, medical doctors, pharmacists, psychiatrists, nurses and experts by experience.

The results of which have been used to form this discussion paper.

The document brings together all the information we have learned so far along with some of the opinions we have gathered and some case studies to illustrate what it could look like if psychologists have prescribing rights.

It is designed to invite comment from members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and other stakeholders.

Throughout the paper, questions will be posed for the reader to consider and we welcome any comments.


The society publishes guidance, reports and position papers on areas of psychological education, research, professional practice and ethics.

These documents are prepared on the basis of the expert contributions of our members.

To facilitate cross-society collaboration and expert input, an internal consultation has been launched to encourage members of Member Networks to comment on/contribute to draft documentation prior to its publication. 

This is an informal arrangement to support Member Networks in consulting with other Member Networks.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the response form.

The deadline for responses is the end of play on Monday the 18th of November.


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