Chief Nurse backs stomp it out drugs campaign

An ongoing fight to raise awareness of over-medication of people with learning disabilities has been welcomed by the country’s top nurse.

As it reached its first anniversary today Professor Jane Cummings spoke out in support of stop the over-medication of people with a learning disability or autism (STOMP) – a major initiative aimed at curbing the amount of powerful drugs being prescribed.

It’s estimated that every day up to 35,000 with a learning disability take a prescribed psychotropic, but don’t have a diagnosed mental health condition. This can lead to significant side-effects impacting on the quality of life.

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Tizard Centre: Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Tizard Centre will be holding a forum looking at innovative models and practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on the 2nd September. Parallel sessions now announced.

The conference will include a range of talks and sessions for delegates to participate in, a short film “This is Me” from Square Pegs drama group, networking with like-minded people and professorials inaugural talks by Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones and Prof Julie Beadle-Brown.

The Conference runs from 09:30 – 16:15 hrs  and aims to bring together all updated research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. The day is aimed at professionals working in this area, Tizard Practitioner Network members and people with a personal interest in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kent County Council launch new autism strategy for adults.

Kent County Council is launching its strategy for adults with autism on Tuesday, July 11 which sets out its future commitments and priorities.

In 2010, Government set out a requirement for all local authorities to have a strategy as described in the National Autism Strategy.

Across Kent, approximately over 13,000 individuals are living with autism and current estimates suggest over half these will have autism in the absence of a learning disability.  This strategy addresses these individuals.

The launch event will be chaired by Anne Tidmarsh, Director for Older People and Physical Disability and will include an introduction by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Graham Gibbens

For further information about the strategy and any queries, please email to learn more.

Health checks for people with learning disabilities: toolkit from RCGP

The toolkit collects guidance and resources to help GPs, practice nurses and the primary administration team organise and perform quality Annual Health Checks on people with a learning disability.

There are also links to resources on helping people with learning disabilities prepare for their health checks and templates for Health Check Action Plans!