Supporting competence in practitioners working in personality disorder services

Helen Johnson (HM Prison Wymott, Preston, UK)
Neil Gredecki (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Fiona Rachel Wilks-Riley (Department of Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK) (Alpha Hospitals Limited, London, UK)

The Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 2050-8794

Publication date: 14 November 2016



The purpose of this paper is to provide a “spotlight” on the literature relating the selection, recruitment and development of staff working in personality disorder (PD) services.


The paper reviews key documentation in the field of PD practice in relation to staff.


Despite the publication of guidelines for working with PD clients, a number of large scale enquiries suggest that some services have often failed to absorb and implement the recommendations made which has resulted in serious consequences.

Practical implications

A number of considerations relating to enhancing staff competency when working in PD units are presented.


The review outlines a number of good practice guidelines relating to the different stages of recruitment and employment for staff working with PD clients.



Johnson, H., Gredecki, N. and Wilks-Riley, F. (2016), "Supporting competence in practitioners working in personality disorder services", The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 306-310.

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