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Physio welcomes prescribing
Physio welcomes prescribing
THE physiotherapist for cricketing legends Sir Ian Botham and Freddie Flintoff has welcomed changes in the law which allow physiotherapists and podiatrists to prescribe medicines. 
Dave Roberts, also the physio for Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio, said it would take some time for physiotherapists, GPs and patients to get used to the new prescribing landscape. But he said: 'I'm sure there will be enough training and controls in place to ensure patient safety remains at the heart of everything we do." 
Health Minister Lord Howe has announced plans to allow advanced practice physiotherapists in the UK to independently prescribe medicines without the need for a GP authorising their decision. 
From 2014, physiotherapists are set to prescribe drugs for a range of illnesses such as respiratory diseases like asthma, neurological disorders, rheumatological conditions, women's health issues as well as for chronic pain and mobility problems.

Helping everyone get online
Helping everyone get online
PARALYMPIAN hand cyclist Karen Darke has joined a campaign aimed at helping disabled people access the internet. 
Karen, paralysed in a rock climbing accident at 21, has been competing in the hand cycling time trial and road race events in the Paralympics. She says the campaign, Go ON Gold, provides a vital service to people who would otherwise not know where to turn for help in getting online. 
Go ON Gold, a partner project of Go ON UK, is a new national charity designed to get everyone online. It is supported by the BBC, Age UK and the Post Office, along with 16 times medal winner Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. 
More than half the eight million UK citizens who have never used the internet are disabled. The reasons behind their inability to get online include design barriers or ignorance of technology advances which can make access easier.

Drive of their lives
Drive of their lives
YOUNG disabled people from all over the UK got behind the wheel for the first time at three 'Get Going Live!' events. 
The free driving days were also popular with newly disabled people needing to restart driving following rehabilitation from accident or illness. 
Held at Donington Park, the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate and TRL, Wokingham, the events offered advice to young people from the age of 14 on best car options as well as information on adaptations, assessment and finance, and finding a suitable instructor.  
Get Going Live! 2012 was organised by charities Mobility Choice, responsible for the annual national Mobility Roadshow, and Disabled Motoring UK.
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