David Baker

David qualified as a physiotherapist in 1999. Having specialised in musculoskeletal care David developed an interest in pharmacology and analgesia whilst working in a busy A&E department and a chronic pain clinic.

David qualified as a supplementary prescriber in 2008, and following this he was seconded part-time too City University, London, Department of Biological, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences lecturing in topics including pharmacology of analgesics, Non-medical prescribing and medicines management. David has also worked free-lance, lecturing extensively around the UK since 2010, on a number of bespoke courses relating to analgesic medications, injectable substances and medicines management issues for physiotherapists and MSK practitioners

David was individually recognised by the Department of Health in 2012 for his contribution in developing the scope of physiotherapy practice in relation to independent prescribing and also represented the physiotherapy

profession in the national media as part of this work. David has presented at Physiotherapy Congress 2010 and 2015 on the development of physiotherapyled prescribing clinics in primary care and won a Service Innovation award for the development of physiotherapy led specialist pain clinics at City & Hackney PCT in 2011. The Pain Service where David continues with his Non-medical Prescribing clinics were shortlisted for 3 Health Service Journal in 2016. In 2016 David represented the physiotherapy profession on the revision of Single

Competency Framework used by all prescribing professions in UK – 15th June 2019

David is one of the first physiotherapists to qualify as an independent prescriber and to use his prescribing skills both in the NHS and in private practice. David is clinical director of Complete Physio Ltd, a chain of multidisciplinary MSK clinics in the centre of London. David is vice-chairman of ACPOMIT, and also has a specialist interest in ultrasound guided injections, being one of the few physiotherapists in the country to also be dual qualified as an MSK sonographer.

David will be covering the medico-legal framework relating to advising patients on the use of pain control medication. He will focus upon ‘over the counter’ analgesics and how these can be used safely to optimise pain relief in musculoskeletal conditions.

We are delighted to welcome David to come and lecture, his credentials and experience are impressive. Fozzy himself has previously attended one of David’s presentations and found it so very useful on a daily basis in clinic.


As one of the first physiotherapists in the world to be fully trained as an independent prescriber of medication David has represented his profession on national media (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-18965078/physiotherapists-could-get-prescription-power-in-england)

David recorded a podcast as part of a series for Chews Health – ‘I don’t like taking painkillers’  (https://chewshealth.co.uk/tpmpsession42/)

David represented the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on the 2016 edition of ‘A Competency Framework for Prescribers