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Winterbourne Medicines Programme

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Just published!

Three reports relating to the Winterbourne Medicines Programme have been published and highlight the need for change.  

In response to these reports, NHS England has promised rapid and sustained action to tackle the over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to people with learning disabilities.  

NHS Improving Quality has highlighted a significant need to improve the use of medicines for people with learning disabilities.  Across the country, there is a great deal of variation in practice, and this does not provide the necessary high-quality, optimised, care for everyone.  NHS Improving Quality tested new ways of working with partnership sites, and propose six recommendations to improve care for service users and their families. 

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About the programme

In The Department of Health review ' Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital', concerns were reported over the misuse of medications in people with learning disabilities whose behaviour may challenge.

NHS Improving Quality supported the design and delivery of an improvement programme which aimed to ensure medicines are used in a safe, appropriate and proportionate way and their use is optimised to achieve improved outcomes. 

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Partnership organisations

We were delighted to work with six partnership organisations. The aim of this partnership was to review current processes, test new sustainable ways of working and share notable practice to improve the lives of people who have a learning disability and whose behaviour may challenge.

Our partners:

Community of practice

We are also working in partnership with the NHS 6Cs learning disability community of practice. This community is a virtual group of people who want to be involved in improving learning disability services. 

Join the community to take part in forums, share blogs, documents, guidelines, good practice and videos.  We will also be hosting a number of webinars for community members to learn more about quality improvement. Join the group and get involved! 

Further information

For further information about the programme and projects, please do not hesitate to contact:  
Zoe Lord  
07721 761 744


Norman Lamb

Dominic Slowie