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.
It’s high time that we address the over-medication of people with learning disabilities, autism and both, from children and young people through adults of all ages. Advocates have a crucial part to play in this, so I’ve been delighted to support the development of VoiceAbility’s STOMP Top Tips for Advocates which was commissioned by NHS England.
The expert VoiceAbility team have produced a thoroughly practical resource which I urge advocates and health and social care professionals to read. It makes clear the opportunities and obligations advocates have to support people to have a voice in relation to their medication and quality of life, and how to act upon these.
The guide, along with the accompanying information on the legal framework, will also help health and social care professionals understand when they have a duty to refer to advocacy. This will help to ensure that people have their voices heard in relation to medication decisions. I hope it will inspire even more of us to play our part in helping to ‘stomp out’ over-medication and support more people with learning disabilities, autism or both to enjoy a good life.Dave Gerrard, STOMP Pharmacist Lead for NHS England’s Learning Disability Programme
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.
Understand relevant approaches for supporting people, and the guidelines and restrictions on the use of psychotropic medication.
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.