Our next learning campaign on learning disabilities launches on 13 March 2017.
There are around 1.2 million people in England living with a learning disability, which equates to roughly two percent of the population. Pharmacy professionals in all sectors are likely to meet people with a range of learning disabilities, and have a very real input into ensuring those with a learning disability, and their carers, are comfortable and empowered in a healthcare environment.
Over the six weeks of the campaign there will be weekly challenges, including a new e-challenge and distance learning programme. Every GPhC registered pharmacy professional will receive a copy of the Learning disabilities programme this month. A Facebook Live chat with experts in the field will also take place on 11 April 2017 at: www.facebook.com/cppeengland.
The campaign will challenge you to adapt your practice through a pledge to stopping over-medication of people with learning disabilities, autism or both (STOMP). This pledge was signed in 2016 by NHS England, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other professional bodies to tackle the over-prescription of psychotropic medicines to people with a learning disability.
Our website will have further information throughout the campaign, and you can sign up to complete challenges at www.cppe.ac.uk/learningdisabilities. The CPPE Facebook and Twitter pages will post regularly information about the campaign using the hashtag #CPPELD; get involved and keep up to date with the campaign with the hashtag.
Complete the challenges and improve your consultation skills when engaging with people with a learning disability, and register your activities on the campaign page to earn your Learning disabilities campaign virtual badge.