Multicultural STOMP

Published on 1 December 2021

About the project

STOMP stands for stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines. It is a national project supported by NHSE/I.

At Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust (BCHC) experience has shown that some people from ethnic minority backgrounds had:

  • Difficulty reporting and recording challenging behaviour
  • Engaged less with non-pharmacological strategies
  • Wanted medication first-line for challenging behaviour
  • Language barriers: communication crucial in establishing  causes reason of behaviours of concern, which guides appropriate management; overcome through multi-linguistic skills, though not everyone has this.

To overcome these challenges, the Multicultural (MC) STOMP project has emerged within the Trust, with resources produced being endorsed by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I), and will appear on a new, locally developed STOMP website.

HIWM will provide support and expertise to this project, including the dissemination of messages and resources to the multi-disciplinary teams (MDT), families, carers and patients.

Project ambitions

MC STOMP is the first initiative of its kind in UK aimed at improving STOMP implementation in people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Through raising awareness with prescribers, the wider MDT, families, carers and patients including access to resources, the programme promotes flexible MDT approach and improves cultural awareness within services to meet needs of families from multiple backgrounds.

Find out more

Get in touch with a member of the project team below to find out how you can get involved.


Project team

Emma Suggett

Medicines Optimisation Lead

Jordan Leith

Innovation Project Manager

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