Voyage Care is committed to the STOMP pledge, a national campaign to stop the over-use of psychotropic medication to manage people’s behaviour.
It is estimated that on an average day in England, between 30,000 and 35,000 people with a learning disability, autism or both are taking prescribed psychotropic medication without appropriate clinical justification, which results in alterations to their perception, mood or consciousness.
Long-term use of these medicines puts people at unnecessary risk of a wide range of side effects including weight gain, organ failure and even premature death.
As part of our commitment to the STOMP pledge, we have:
- Produced an action plan and shared it with VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group),
- Drafted a medication pathway to put each person we support at the centre of their medication review,
- Reviewed our management of medicines policies and procedures,
- Appointed regional STOMP Champions to support best practice,
- Shared leaflets describing how best to support a person to have their medication reviewed.
We will ensure that those who are prescribed psychotropic medication have them reviewed in line with best practice and evidence base, and are taking them for the right reasons and at the lowest dose.
We will also support staff where prescribers are considering changing the psychotropic medication of someone with a learning disability, autism or both, acting as the person’s advocate when required and ensuring that all actions are taken in their best interests.