Professional resources

This page has links and resources for people who work in health and social care including:

Join the We Support STOMP network

This is a network set up particularly for people who are leading on STOMP work from all walks of life. Here you can discuss implementation of STOMP and access or share files, videos and announcements. To join the network, you need to register on www.source4networks.org.uk, and request to join the #WeSupportSTOMP network.

Transforming Care – STOMP online learning

Anyone working in a Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) or who is delivering care and support to people with learning disabilities, autism or both can find a Medicines Management module designed for them, within the Transforming Learning Disability Services online course (or MOOC – massive open online course). The link takes you to a sign-in page, where new users should enrol for an account. Course 3 on Medicines Management is based on a series of short films by pharmacists, people with a learning disability, a family carer and a specialist in Positive Behavioural Support. The course links to useful PDFs and other websites for further information.

Film resources

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has created a set of five short films about STOMP, one each for GPs, psychiatrists, carers, learning disability teams and pharmacists.

GP prescribing

Stopping Over-Medication of People with a Learning Disability (STOMP) has been co-produced by the Royal Colleges of Nursing, Psychiatrists and GPs, as well as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the British Psychological Society and NHS England.

The Royal College of GPs has updated and published a Step by Step guide for annual health checks which includes advice on medication reviews and the need to reduce psychotropic medication

Psychiatrist prescribing

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RPsych) Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability has a number of resources promoting the STOMP work to members. This includes professional resources and a faculty pledge to stop the over use of medication by, for example,  promoting awareness of STOMP, training materials, the monitoring of treatment of prescribing, and the importance of involving people and their families in person-centred  treatment planning. RPsych has also produced a faculty report with practice guidelines on psychotropic drug prescribing.

Psychological therapies

The British Psychological Society have produced a report on psychological therapies to tell people with a learning disability, autism or both, health professionals, managers, commissioners, and carers what is available, what intervention might best help, and what the likely outcomes are.

Care Quality Commission work on people detained under the Mental Health Act

The CQC acknowledges the findings of a survey of medication for detained patients with a learning disability and supports the NHS England STOMP call for action.

The CQC is working with inspection teams to increase their awareness, knowledge and tools to assess whether good prescribing practice takes place in services that the CQC regulates. This will range from checking clinical governance procedures associated with prescribing to checking practice standards.

The second opinion appointed doctors who authorise and certify treatment plans for people with a learning disability who are detained under the Mental Health Act in hospitals will also be offered updates on national and professional guidance on this topic as part of their continuous professional development.

Pharmacy advice

Public Health England Learning Disability Observatory published a guide for staff in pharmacy and learning disability support teams in 2017. It is about best practice for supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both.

The Centre for Pharmacy Post-graduate Education has launched online learning for pharmacists to develop awareness, understanding and key skills to help them deliver high quality care.

Nursing advice

The Royal College of Nursing guidance for pre-registration education students (across all branches) on learning disabilities includes a section on over-medication.

Social care resources

STOMP partner VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) was commissioned to produce a social care pledge that has been signed by more than 150 providers. Between them, they support more than 50,000 people with a learning disability, autism or both. VODG has produced other useful resources too, such as a booklet about supporting people when they visit the doctor, which includes an easy read section for the person.