CPPE has designed this campaign for pharmacy professionals to raise awareness of learning disabilities and enable you to reflect on how you can best support people with a learning disability and their carers. You will also explore how you can support the national pledge of ‘stopping over-medication in people with learning disabilities, autism or both’ (STOMP).
Everyone has a role to play in optimising the medicines for people with a learning disability and supporting their carers or family.
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There are six weekly challenges to get your teeth into. If you complete all six challenges you will receive the Learning disabilities learning campaign badge in your Badge collection in My CPPE.
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Begin this learning campaign by reflecting on your current approach to people with a learning disability and their carers. Watch the video below of Shaun Webster who has a learning disability. Firstly, Shaun introduces himself, and then he describes a good experience and a bad experience at a pharmacy.
Lastly, watch the following consultation between Nina, a pharmacist, and Barry, whose son has a learning disability. We have also provided their reflection on the consultation.
Consider what you are going to do differently in the future to support people with a learning disability and their carers.
Enter the date below on which you completed Challenge 1
Our e-challenge quiz on learning disabilities run from 22 March to 5 April 2017. Take five minutes with your colleagues to complete this quiz. Find out how you can work with colleagues, patients and carers to manage medicine-related issues for people with a learning disability.
By mid-March, you should have received your CPPE distance learning programme on Learning disabilities. Use this week to familiarise yourself with its content. We do not expect you to complete the programme during this learning campaign; complete it at your own pace.
There are about 1.2 million people in England with a learning disability, which equates to approximately two percent of the population. People with a learning disability vary greatly in terms of age, degree of disability and associated health problems. Identify where your knowledge gaps are so you can focus your learning over the next weeks of the campaign.
The following learning is also important to ensure your competence for supporting people with a learning disability:
Note down any gaps that you identify and what you intend to do over the coming weeks.
In June 2016, NHS England, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a number of professional bodies signed a pledge to tackle the over-prescribing of psychotropic medicines to people with a learning disability. This took the form of the pledge: stopping over-medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both (STOMP).
Take time this week to listen to the projects that have already taken place in England to reduce the prescribing of psychotropic medicines to people with a learning disability, with great success. Consider how you can adapt these to your practice and make a note below of how you might put these into action.
Dave Gerrard – Presents what he has been doing in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear to support reviewing antipsychotic medicines in people with learning disabilities and shares his thoughts on how the pharmacy profession can support STOMP.
Steve Buckley - Presents his project in Trafford CCG reviewing antipsychotic medicines in people with learning disabilities.
By now you will have noticed there are a number of issues relating to how the pharmacy profession can support people with a learning disability and their carers.
On 11 April 2017, we are hosting a Facebook Live chat with experts in the field of learning disabilities, including a parent of a child with a learning disability, to discuss how pharmacy professionals can support people with a learning disability and their carers. Take this opportunity to pose your questions to the experts.
To find out more information about this, like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cppeengland
Enter the date below on which you watched the Facebook Live chat.
We are inviting you to share the resources you use in your place of work to help support people with a learning disability. These may be patient information leaflets, policies, guidelines, videos, training presentations, etc.
You can also share projects you have completed in order to tackle over-prescribing to people with a learning disability or to improve the way you communicate with them or their carers.
To share your good practice, visit the learning disabilities hub at: www.cppe.ac.uk/ldhub
Sharing your successes will help improve the efficiency of change across the profession to support people with a learning disability.
Enter the date below on which you accessed/contributed to the campaign hub.