In December 2007 the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice commissioned the development of a national framework to support people to work more effectively with personality disorder.

As a result the Knowledge and Understanding Framework was developed and is now available nationally at all three levels including:

  • Awareness and Train the Trainers
  • BSc Working with Personality Disorder: Developing Understanding and Effectiveness
  • MSc Working with Personality Disorder: Extending Expertise, Enhancing Practice

This educational development work built upon the aspirations articulated within the policy guidance documents “No longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion and Breaking the Cycle of Rejection” published in 2003. The key goal of the framework is to improve service user experience through developing the capabilities, skills and knowledge of the multi agency workforces in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice who are dealing with the challenges of personality disorder.

These high quality educational programmes are delivered by leading practitioners and service user consultants. The Awareness Level Programme has a number of packages available including a Train the Trainers version. The BSc and MSc programmes are available as single stand-alone modules (suitable as units of learning such as for CPD), or as whole programmes with associated qualifications.

For further information regarding these courses, including programme aims and module outlines:

If you would like further  regarding applying for one of the courses please contact the KUF Academic Programme Administrator: Julie Lawson via email – Julie.lawson@nottshc.nhs.uk or call 0115 8232415.