STOMP

We have launched a new guide, ‘STOMP Top Tips for Advocates’, in partnership with NHS England.

STOMP is the national cross sector campaign for stopping the over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both, who are more likely to be given psychotropic medicines than other people. 

Research by the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDer) Programme and others has shown that the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines can be a significant contributory factor, or the cause, of a person’s death.

Browse the Top Tips below or download the guide as PDF.

You can also search #STOMPtips on Twitter.

The Top Tips were written by and for advocates. Huge thanks to all our VoiceAbility advocates who gave their input.

STOMP stands for stopping the over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both. Specifically, the campaign is about the use of psychotropic medication. 

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Understand your role as an advocate in relation to the use of medication and in supporting people to have a better life.

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Understand relevant approaches for supporting people and the guidelines and restrictions on the use of psychotropic medication.

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Support people to find out what medication they are on, to understand it and to ask questions about it. Do this on the person’s behalf when appropriate.

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Be aware of common side effects of taking psychotropic medication, and look out for these. 

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If someone’s behaviour has changed, exploring any health and wellbeing issues underlying this could reduce the need for psychotropic medication.

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Be in the right places to support the person you advocate for, if he or she wants you to.

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Support people to raise any concerns about their medication, or do this on the person’s behalf when appropriate.

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Support people to ask for a second medical opinion about medication where they want to do so. Do this on the person’s behalf when appropriate.

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If you think that a misuse of medication constitutes abuse or that a vulnerable person is at risk of abuse, notifying the local authority of a safeguarding concern may be the right thing to do.

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Do discuss medication concerns during supervision with your line manager.

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