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  Personality Disorder - PGCert

University of Central Lancashire    School of Nursing

Part time September PGCert Part-time: Usually one year Award winner

About the course

The Personality Disorder programmes aim to shed light on this complex area of practice for the mental health professional. Increasingly on the agenda since national policy developments such as ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion’ (DoH, 2003), the impetus to acknowledge personality disorder as a mainstream mental health activity continued with NICE guidelines in 2009. Such guidance outlined the development of services for individuals with personality disorder in all settings, including primary and secondary care, and recognised the importance of increasing specialist knowledge and staff development. Recent innovations such as the Power, Meaning Threat framework (Johnstone et al, 2018), the Consensus statement: People with complex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder (MIND, RCN, BPS et al, 2018), reinforce this, and the need to take a formulation based approach to care delivery. The Personality Disorder programmes are innovative courses, which provide students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding and practice within the area of personality disorder. Beyond this, they also aim to develop practitioners who can function at an advanced level and provide leadership and direct service development and planning for contemporary practice. 

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Entry Requirements

Students normally have at least two years post qualifying clinical experience in practice OR proof of equivalent experience in practice.

Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.

Have identified a work based mentor, who will support and guide your development throughout the course.

Be able to provide two references (one practice/work and one academic).

Be able to satisfy the course leader that you are competent to pursue the programme.

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