This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “STOMP” and will be hosted by The RCOT People with Learning Disabilities Specialist Section (@RCOT_PLD).
Here is what they had to say…
Choosing a topic has not been easy as we acknowledge there is a lot we can talk about. We asked our members at our annual conference which was hosted at RCOT HQ on 14th October 2017 what they would like to discuss. The decision was occupational therapy and STOMP campaign – Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both.
On 14 July 2015, reports were published highlighting widespread inappropriate use of antipsychotics and other medicines used to treat mental illness in people with learning disabilities. Following these reports, NHS England led a ‘call to action’ which brought together representatives of professional and patients groups to make sure changes were made to these inappropriate practices. This led to a pledge to reduce over medication and the start of the STOMP project about stopping the over use of psychotropic medicines. The 3 year project runs until 2019 (NHS England).
It is estimated that every day about 35,000 people with learning disabilities or autism are prescribed psychotropic medicines when they do not have a diagnosed mental health condition, often to manage behaviour which is seen as challenging.
For more information go onto the NHS England website – https://www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/stomp/
During this #OTalk we would like to gain a better understanding of what occupational therapist think about STOMP and how can we impact the campaign?
The questions we will ask are:
- Do you feel confident in discussing medication issues with MDT
- Do occupational therapists have a role with reducing challenging behavior
- Can occupational therapists support clients to reduce medication?
- What practice skills do you use to reduce challenging behavour?