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The new National Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF)

In December 2007 the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice commissioned the development of a national framework to support people to work more effectively with personality disorder. The partnership awarded the contract consists of the Institute of Mental Health, the London-based Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, Emergence, and The Open University.

The key goal 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.

The multi-level educational package includes the following:

  • Personality disorder virtual learning awareness programme (Raising Awareness)
  • Validated undergraduate degree programme (Developing Understanding and Effectiveness)
  • Validated masters degree programme (Extending Expertise, Enhancing Practice)

For further information regarding any of the above courses, including programme aims and module outlines, please view our brochure below:

altMSc course application information

altBSc module application information

pdfCourse prospectus 2014

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 are available as standalone units of learning (single modules) or whole programmes with associated qualifications.

For all enquiries and to apply for a course, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information on the KUF is also available at www.personalitydisorderkuf.org.uk

Personality Disorder and the Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF)

A video that outlines the work being carried out by organisations such as the NHS, the Institute of Mental Health and Emergence, in the field of personality disorder.

KUF sets students on their pathway

The April 2014 Pathway Press newsletter, produced by the Department of Health and the National Offender Management Service, reviewed the educational impacts of the KUF programme. The articles include many favourable student narratives about the programme.

pdfPathway Press newsletter

Personality Disorder and Involvement Strategies

Made for the Personality Disorder Knowledge and Understanding Framework, this video is a case study for a successful Involvement Strategy at a UK prison.