Inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with a learning disability.

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog, News, Public Health, Recent Work | 0 comments

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) comment on the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with a learning disability. A study by a team of researchers at University College London (UCL), published in the British Medical Journal, has found that “the proportion of people with intellectual disability in the UK who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the...

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Concern over inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with intellectual disability

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Public Health, Recent Work | 0 comments

Over 70% of prescriptions for antipsychotic medications are given to those without a record of severe mental illness. The proportion of people with intellectual disability in the UK who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness, finds a study published by The BMJ today. This suggests that, in some cases, these drugs are being used to manage other presentations, such as challenging...

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Independent contractor status model for GPs has had its day says Gerada

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Features, News, Public Health, Recent Work | 0 comments

The small business model of general practice in the UK has “served its time” and should be remoulded, with primary, secondary and community care integrated in single local organisations, the outgoing chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners has said. In a recent interview Dr Clare Gerada questioned whether GPs’ independent contractor status was still fit for purpose and challenged the profession to adapt to new ways of working....

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