The STOMP Pledge

We pledge to act in the best interests of the people we support at all times by:

  • Actively promoting alternatives to medication such as active support, intensive interaction or positive behaviour support.
  • Ensuring the people we support, and their circle of support, are involved in decisions about their care, including their medication.
  • Ensuring all staff have an understanding of psychotropic medication, including its main uses and side effects.
  • Encouraging staff to speak up if they have a concern that a person we support may be overmedicated.
  • Maintaining accurate records about the health, wellbeing and behaviour of the people we support.
  • Supporting people to have regular reviews of their medication.
  • Monitoring the use of psychotropic medication.
  • Working with people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families, health professionals, commissioners and others to stop overmedication. This includes working closely with prescribers.

STOMP is a health 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. This is medication which results in alterations to 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.

In response VODG, NHS England and sector stakeholders have developed the STOMP pledge for social care. This aims to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability, autism or both by supporting providers to ensure they only receive psychotropic medication for the right reasons and in the right amount.

We will set out the actions we will take and report annually on the progress we have made.

Keep an eye out for our progress reports which will appear here