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The National Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF)

The national Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) is an innovative and ground breaking education programme for people working in health, social care, criminal justice and other agencies supporting people affected by personality disorder.

This Framework, commissioned by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), now Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) commenced development in 2007 by a collaborative partnership including the Institute of Mental Health, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Emergence (the largest organisation for people with personality disorder in the UK until 2016), and the Open University. It has been implemented successfully over the last few years leading to key developments in the field of personality disorder.

Since the introduction of the Framework, changes of focus in the national Personality Disorder Strategy is towards the needs and risks of those who have been described as high harm offenders, many of whom are currently being managed and cared for in health, social care and criminal justice settings with a particular emphasis on psychologically informed approaches. In addition, the Women’s Personality Disorder Strategy rests on an assumption of workforce and organisational development to deliver psychologically informed, gender specific services with the aim to improve the way women move progressively through an active pathway of appropriate interventions.

Revalidation and development processes in 2014 led to changes in our provision that focussed on the importance of psychologically informed approaches and gender sensitivity across the three levels of training.

This multi-level educational framework includes:
• a working with personality disorder Virtual Learning Awareness Programme;
• an Open University validated undergraduate degree programme: BSc Working with Personality Disorder – Developing understanding and effectiveness;
• an Open University validated master’s degree programme: MSc Working with Personality Disorder – Extending expertise: enhancing practice.

These are delivered as stand alone modules and are commissioned regionally each financial year.

The key goal of the Framework is to improve service user experience through developing the capabilities, skills and knowledge of the multi-agency workforces that are dealing with the challenges of working with people affected by personality disorder.

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.

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.