Care Homes urged to sign pledge to reduce usage and over-reliance of antipsychotics and antidepressants

May 15th, 2017

Care home operators are being invited to sign up to the STOMP pledge (Stopping the Over-Medication of People) in an attempt to adopt positive behavioural approaches as an alternative to psychotropic medication which over the long term can lead to significant weight gain, organ failure and in some cases death.

Carl Shaw, Learning Disability Advisor for NHS England said:

“If you help people to take the right medication then their quality of life will be closer to how they want it to be.”

The STOMP campaign is a cross platform approach including groups such as Care England, The Care quality commission and the National Care Forum.

A recent study supported by Invatech Health into the long term prescribing of antipsychotics in care homes and published in the BMJ Open online journal, found that in the period 2009-2012 there was no sustained reduction in antipsychotic prescribing despite the introduction of governments National Dementia Strategy in 2009.

Further information about the STOMP initiative can be accessed at: