KUF Awareness

What is a personality disorder?

Image of woman with mental disorder holding broken mirrorA personality disorder is a mental health condition where individuals have unhealthy and rigid ways of thinking about themselves, others or both. These unhealthy thought patterns affect the individual’s behaviour and interactions with others often in a negative way which can lead to withdrawal, heightened sensitivity and mistrust of others.

Personality disorders are commonly misunderstood by staff, service users and the general public but knowledge and training, such as the KUF awareness programme, is growing in this area to help practitioners, carers and staff teams to gain the key skills to support someone who has a personality disorder diagnosis.


About KUF awarenessKUF Logo

The Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) was created as a joint commission by Ministry of Defence and the Department of Health with the expertise of the Institute of Mental Health, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the Open University to create a comprehensive course to enable practitioners to gain the valuable skills needed to positively work with people living with a diagnosis of personality disorders or display personality difficulties.

The course was piloted in 2007 and has since trained more than 20,000 people. Windmill Training started running the KUF course with the Kent and Medway Partnership Trust and Mental Health First Aid England for the Kent area. With the success of the project and delivery, we are pleased to extend the running of the training to the Surrey and Sussex areas in conjunction with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex probation service.


Further KUF information coming soon.

If you are interesting in attending a KUF course please contact us to register your interest.