October 12, 2015

NICE Quality Standard Aims to Prevent Overmedication of People with Learning Disabilities

A new quality standard has been introduced by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to help ensure people with learning disabilities receive care that is personalised to them.

 Aimed at preventing overmedication with antipsychotics, the NICE quality standard contains eight statements to help staff to support people with learning disabilities, including: 

• People with a learning disability have a comprehensive annual health assessment from their GP.

• People with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges have an initial assessment to identify possible triggers, environmental factors and the function of the behaviour and establish why the individual is behaving in a particular way.

• People with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges have a designated person responsible for coordinating the behaviour support plan and ensuring that it is reviewed.

• People with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges only receive antipsychotic medication as part of treatment that includes psychosocial interventions.

Managing Challenging Behaviour Training

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