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“Ignoring the needs of people with a diagnosis of personality disorder is no longer an option. WE NEED TO ACT NOW”Consensus statement: People with complex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder, 2018People given a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ have been left in the wilderness for too long and it’s about time thesystem as a whole, such as health, social care, housing, third sector and community initiatives come together to bring helpand hope.” Sue Sibbald, Peer Specialist. Co Chair, Personality Disorder Consensus Group Consensus statement: People withcomplex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder, Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP 2018“This consensus statement is a call to action to stop the appalling treatment which people given a diagnosis of PersonalityDisorder too often experience. It is intolerable that the services we offer do not meet the needs of this group of people,when small changes could make such a difference. This report offers some important suggestions which offer hope to thesepeople. It is vital that government and the NHS grasps the urgency of this.” Consensus statement: People with complexmental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder, Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP 2018“About 1 in 16 worldwide have at some point been given a diagnosis of personality disorder and it is a diagnosis which isparticularly common among patients attending general and psychiatric hospitals. Many are regular attenders in generalpractice. In the prison population, it is estimated that between 60 and 70% have met the diagnostic criteria of a personalitydisorder… compared to people who have not been given a diagnosis of personality disorder, men and women with thislabel live considerably shortened lives (18 years shorter for men and 19 years shorter for women)”… The shockinglyelevated death rate appears to be due to those given this diagnostic label having a raised risk of ‘unnatural deaths’(suicide, homicide and accidents) as well as ‘natural’ causes of death (such as infections, or cardiovascular disease) . TheNHS has not adequately met the complex needs of people given a diagnostic label of personality disorder.” Consensusstatement: People with complex mental health difficulties who are diagnosed with a Personality Disorder, 2018This conference focuses on Improving Access, Treatment and Support for People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder.This conference will enable you to:• Network with colleagues who are working to improve access and treatment for people with personality disorder• Learn from outstanding practice in early intervention• Reflect on the lived experience of someone with a diagnosis of personality disorder• Discuss the use of terminology and stigma associated with this diagnosis• Understand how to deliver an effective PD Treatment Pathway• Develop your skills in working with teenagers experiencing symptoms of emerging Personality Disorder• Understand how you can deliver effective psychological therapies for people with personality disorder• Identify key strategies for engaging with and supporting carers• Delivering effective trauma informed care: supporting people to explore past difficulties and trauma• Learn from best practice in delivering care and treatment for people with personality disorder in the criminal justicesystem• Self assess and reflect on your own practice• Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence