01 July 2019

A project has been launched by the Trust to broaden how it can help People who have a Learning Disability (LD) lead healthier lives.

The work will develop progress already made through its STOMP (Stopping Overmedication People with a Learning Disability\Autism or both) work.

Nationally, more than 30,000 adults with a learning disability are on psychotropic medicines for health conditions for which they do not have a diagnosis.

The side effects of some of these drugs can include increased appetite leading to weight gain, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, and potential diabetes.

The new project aims to help people with LD improve their quality of life through reducing or stopping medication as well as a range of more holistic interventions. 

The project will see staff and partner organisations work together with service users to use improvement methodology.

The work will support the Trust’s strategy to help people lead healthier lifestyles and improve the quality of life for all we serve.

“The heart of this project is partnership working, learning together what the challenges are and finding the right solutions,” said Ruth Klawza, ELFT Strategic Lead for LD and Autism, who is leading the project with Clinical Director Dr Sanjay Nelson.

ELFT uses Quality Improvement (QI) to tackle complex issues by following structured steps which include understanding the problem, developing a strategy and ideas for change, testing and analysing data.
Click here to learn more about the ELFT QI method.