Care Plus Group is proud to have signed up to the STOMP pledge. STOMP stands for stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines.
It is a national project involving many different organisations that are helping to stop the over use of these medicines. STOMP is about helping people to stay well and have a good quality of life.
Psychotropic medicines affect how the brain works and include medicines for psychosis, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and epilepsy. Sometimes they are also given to people because their behaviour is seen as challenging.
David Mason, Behaviour Nurse Specialist said:
“The use of talking therapies and other support in the first instance is best practice and something we’ve done in North East Lincolnshire for a long time. By signing up to STOMP we are pledging to offer non drug therapies, manage and monitor the use of psychotropic medicine and making sure that people families and staff are fully informed and involved.
“Within the Learning Disability Service, because we have the Intensive Support Team, we can follow best practice and offer people talking therapies first rather than medication. We have signed up to STOMP because we are committed to this approach and we are working to promote this more widely across CPG and North East Lincolnshire.”
You can read more about STOMP at www.england.nhs.uk/stomp