STOMP Best Practice Guide

Care Management Group has launched a STOMP Best Practice Guide, which gives comprehensive guidance on ways to reduce the over-medication of people with learning disabilities, and/or autism through non-drug alternative methods of treatment.

This Guide was launched at an influential event, organised by CMG and hosted by Norman Lamb MP, which took place at Westminster in 2017, and was attended by over 120 clinical experts and industry professionals.


Norman spoke about the fact that over medication of people with learning disabilities was a breach of their human rights. Speeches were given by NHS England representatives Anne Webster, Clinical Lead for the Learning Disability Programme; Dr David Branford, Pharmacists Adviser to the NHS England STOMP programme; and Carl Shaw, Learning Disability Adviser. Together, they highlighted the importance of co-production and involving experts by experience.

Relatives of Alderwood’s* service users, who featured in the ground-breaking Channel 4 Dispatches documentary ‘Under Lock and Key’, gave emotive accounts of the devastating impact that over-medication had had on their loved ones who had been locked up in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATU’s) after being sectioned under the MHA. They also spoke of the amazing autism specific, person centred, low arousal care they are now receiving at Alderwood and how this has changed their lives completely. As one relative said, ‘the difference is like night and day’. Their loved ones are now enjoying life to the full and one individual had even got himself a voluntary job.

CMG’s STOMP Best Practice Guide examines the success of non-drug methods of treatment and the need for autism specific care, as a way of managing challenging behaviour, rather than the reliance on the use of psychotropic medication. The Guide is based on real examples of people it has supported in CMG and Alderwood*.

*Alderwood is a subsidiary of CMG.

A summarised video of this event can be seen here.