Accomplish has backed an NHS England initiative to stop the over medication of people (STOMP) with learning disabilities, autism or both.

Accomplish has become one of only three independent healthcare providers to be on the national working party for the pledge.  The pledge commits providers to exploring alternatives to medication, ensuring people are involved in decisions about their care, and training staff about the potentially harmful effects of over-medicating.

This is part of an NHS England scheme intended to widen support for ‘Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both’ (STOMP) to NHS trusts, CCGs and those in the independent sector. This comes after Public Health England estimated that 35,000 adults with a learning disability, autism or both are believed to have been prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without clinical justification. Long-term use of these drugs can lead to significant health problems and, in the worst cases, can be fatal. Accomplish have committed to sign up all of their clinical, residential and supported living services to the pledge.

Lakeside, our therapeutic inpatient service which provides which provides specialist support for people with Mental Health needs, Autism and Learning Disabilities is one of the first in the country to back this initiative.

Victoria Hulström, Deputy Hospital Director at Lakeside, travelled to Newcastle to attend the STOMP launch event to officially sign up Lakeside to the pledge.

 Victoria Hulström, Deputy Hospital Director at Lakeside said:

“Lakeside is honoured to be a part of the STOMP in healthcare initiative. This initiative has already allowed us to introduce new medication awareness training for all levels of the team in this years’ training calendar. I am looking forward to Lakeside leading the way as we help introduce this scheme to accomplish’s other services up and down the country”. 

Peter Battle, Chief Executive Office of accomplish said:

 “I am extremely proud that accomplish is one of only three independent healthcare providers to have been involved in the development of this important pledge to stop the over medication of people living with a learning disability, autism or both.  We have already appointed a STOMP Manager who will oversee an action plan to have dedicated medication awareness training in place across all of our services and I look forward to continuing our partnership with NHS England as we work together to stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both”.   

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