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Summary

People with a personality disorder diagnosis usually present with habitual, long term and complex emotional and behavioural patterns which significantly get in the way of their day to day lives and cause intense distress.

Following the Department of Health’s publication in 2003 of “ Personality Disorder: no longer a diagnosis of exclusion,” and in keeping with the more recently published NICE Guidelines, WLMHT has opened a new Trust wide service for Personality Disorder (PD), known as a Managed Clinical Network (MCN).

The MCN provides information, education, supervision and consultation for Trust staff working with people with the diagnosis. Since PD patients often have complex needs and involve multi agency services, the Network aims to build on already existing collaborative working practices, by formalising and managing working arrangements between them. This will create clearer clinical pathways and improve the patient experience of treatment.