Signing the pledge to stop over-medication

NHS staff are raising awareness of STOMP.
NHS staff are raising awareness of STOMP.

North East NHS staff are reaffirming their commitment to an initiative to stop the over-medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both (STOMP).

Staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust are continuing their work to raise awareness of STOMP.

Figures show that more than 30,000 adults with a learning disability, autism or both are estimated to be receiving an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without an appropriate clinical reason.

Professor Eilish Gilvarry, deputy medical director at NTW, signed the Health Care Provider pledge.

Learning disability clinical development lead, Caroline Wills, said: “There has been great enthusiasm for the work around STOMP and supporting people with learning disabilities.”

“The launch of the pledge was very thought-proving. The overriding message was that we need to listen to what people are saying and work together to improve their quality of life.

“The many different presentations and posters displayed showed we can really make a difference for individuals and their families when we come together and share our ideas and skills.”