Enhancing capability for working with personality disorder, NU3161 Short Course

Enhancing capability for working with personality disorder, NU3161 Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Six days in the classroom over 12 weeks, (20 credits at level 6). Supported by E-Learn.

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

December 2016 - Fridays: Dec 09; Jan 06, 13, 20, 27; Feb 03, 10, 17. From 9am-4pm., Elearning - Online sessions: Thursdays - Sept 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec 3, 10. From 4pm-7pm.,

Entry Requirements:
Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Personality Disorder and “complex cases” have come increasingly to the fore in mental health practice in recent years. This has been reflected in numerous national publications and guidance starting with “No longer a diagnosis of exclusion” in 2003 and continuing with practice guidelines issued by NICE recently for specific interventions and service provision models. Practice in the field has also developed with the introduction of improved assessment methods, specialist units and bio-psychosocial and talking therapies adapted to the needs of this client group. Resultingly there is a broader research base being established that can enhance the practice of individuals and teams.


This course offers the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and practice when working with individuals with personality disorders and complex cases, using up-to-date research, emerging theory and models of good practice, it extensively utilises practical and case driven examples which is reflected in the case study assessment methodology. As well as enhancing service provision this approach allows the practitioner to monitor their own well-being and practice safely.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

3,000 word case study

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

Core dimensions 1-6

Health and wellbeing 1-8

Information and knowledge 1-3

General 1-2

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Or, if appropriate, via CPD-Apply

Contact Details

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

Module information: Howard Shimmin, Senior Lecturer Tel. 01772 893630 Email:

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839