This section contains information on training, educational and workforce development directly or indirectly related to PD.


In 2004, the Department of Health and Home Office commissioned the delivery of a national workforce and training programme to implement the national policy set out in the ‘personality disorders capabilities framework’ (NIMHE, 2004). The principal aim was to improve access to treatment by investing in workforce capabilities and continuing professional development.

The Department of Heath, Ministry of Justice and the Care Services Improvement Partnership have more recently commissioned a partnership led by the PDi Institute ( at Nottingham University to develop Knowledge and Understanding Frameworks (KUFs) for working with people with personality disorder in the forensic and non forensic sectors. Read more…

Current training opportunities.

The Thames Valley Initiative organises regular PD training, website here.

The 2015 Living-learning Experience, in conjunction with The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities (TCTC) and Growing Better Lives was held on June 24-26 2016. A residential training course of intensive group work, designed to help staff develop reflective practice skills relevant to PD work. The two-day programme is highly structured with a number of activities. Participants explore the experience working closely with others and how to use relationships in clinical practice effectively. The course aims to;

  • explore self in relation to others
  • attend community meetings, small, large and work groups, and other activities involved in a residential community
  • meet with colleagues sharing your work experience
  • enjoy the facilities and attractive location of Commonwork,  a rural residential centre in Kent.

The course is suitable for frontline and senior staff working in:

  • personality disorder services
  • day or residential mental health care settings
  • forensic mental health settings
  • therapeutic communities
  • enabling environments

In the past, managers and commissioners have also attended and developed a better understanding of residential and intensive therapeutic work.

See for future events.