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Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF): Leadership training programme

About this course 

This training is informed by the Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) which is focused on working with people with complex emotional needs often associated with a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’.

Funded places are offered on three modules of training, starting in January 2024. Applications for each module are invited from individuals who meet the criteria outlined below. The modules are not interdependent so applicants can apply for the modules they are most interested in attending.

The KUF Leadership programme is funded by NHS England and His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS

Please note that this training will be delivered over Teams. These trainings run for the whole day from 9am – 4pm.


The KUF approach to leadership:

Leadership is a social and relational process. The context of working within intricate systems which are not always aligned, together with working with people who may have multi-faceted needs, brings a high degree of complexity, and requires leadership that takes account of:

  • The need to be aware of challenging interpersonal and institutional dynamics;

  • The capacity to make sense of and work with challenging interpersonal dynamics and to distinguish between these and institutional dynamics;

  • The fact that systems tend to defend against painful aspects of work;

  • The need to provide and maintain containing organisational structures that enable work with such complexity.

These modules will be facilitated by a range of tutors with educational expertise in these areas.