This morning Dave Robinson, our Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager and Laurie, a support worker in the South, were featured on a BBC Radio Solent feature alongside a lady we support called Katie.
The feature was about the NHS England initiative STOMP – how to stop the over medication of people with learning disabilities.
It is estimated that around 30-40,000 people with learning disabilities in the UK are suffering from the ill-effects of unnecessary psychotropic medications.
47 year old Katie’s story is a prime example of how reducing medication can have a drastic effect on someone’s health and well-being.
Dave said “Some medications can have an enormously detrimental effect on people and it’s life-changing when someone like Laurie speaks out on the person’s behalf.”
“Medication should only ever be used as a last resort and should always be used alongside other support strategies that don’t involve medication like active support or positive behaviour support.”
Listen to the full feature from 1.39.05 – 1.43.15.