STOMP it out

20th June 2019
We support STOMP. This Learning Disability Week we are proud to pledge to stop the over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both.

In England, every day about 30,000 to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being given psychotropic medicines when they do not have a diagnosed mental health condition.

This is often to manage behaviour which is seen as challenging.

Sometimes the use of these medicines is right, but we want to do more to ensure they are only used when they are the most appropriate treatment available.

These medicines are right for some people, but medicating them too much or using them for the wrong reason can cause unwanted side effects. These include:

  • Putting on weight
  • Feeling tired or ‘drugged up’
  • Serious problems with physical health.
STOMP is about making sure people are only given these medicines for the right reason, in the right amount, for as short a time as possible.

So, we pledge to:

  • Actively promote alternatives to such medication, including active support, psychological approaches, intensive interaction or positive behaviour support (PBS).
  • Ensure the people we support, and their circle of support, are involved in decisions about their care, including their medication.
  • Work with people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families, health professionals, commissioners and others to stop over-medication. This includes working closely with prescribers.
To support our pledge we’re delighted to launch a new information pack with Sheffield CCG. It’s for health professionals, carers, individuals and service users, and puts information into the hands of those who need it to help make sure medication is used safely, and that alternative treatments are used where they are appropriate.

Download the STOMP Sheffield resource pack

Find out more about our services for people with learning disabilities

Find out more about our services for people with Autism

Want to find out more about STOMP? Go to the NHS England webpage for more information