STOMP at Certitude
We're committed to NHS England's STOMP campaign - stopping the over-medication of people with learning disabilities and autistic people.
What is STOMP
'STOMP' stands for 'stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both.' According to Public Health England, between 30,000 to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are taking psychotropic medicines, when they do not have the health conditions the medicines are for. Psychotropics are drugs that affect a person's mental state.
In 2016, Certitude signed up to the STOMP Pledge for Social Care. We have committed to all of the pledges, including:
- actively promoting alternatives to medication such as active support or intensive interaction
- ensuring the people we support, and their circle of support, are involved in decisions about their care, including their medication
- ensuring all staff have an understanding of psychotropic medication, including its main uses and side effects
- supporting people to have regular reviews of their medication
Links to useful resources
An easy read leaflet about STOMP https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/stomp-stopping-the-over-medication-of-people-with-a-learning-disability-autism-or-both/
The online medication pathway is a guide that covers topics such as what families need to know before their relative starts taking medication and how medication should be monitored https://medication.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/
The STOMP Pledge for Social Care - a useful overview for social care providers