Optometrists, physiotherapists, radiographers, chiropodists and podiatrists are able to act as supplementary prescribers.

They're able to prescribe the same as an NHS doctor.

This includes controlled drugs and unlicensed medicines where there's 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 website.

Enter the search criteria as the surname or registration number.

Select the individual's name to open up their record to see if they're a supplementary prescriber.