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Specialist personality disorder services in England: a case for managed clinical networks?

  • Kingsley Norton (a1), Julian Lousada (a2) and Kevin Healy (a3)
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Following the publication by the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) of Personality Disorder: No Longer A Diagnosis of Exclusion (National Institute for Mental Health in England, 2003), it is perhaps surprising that so soon after there have been threats to the survival of some of the small number of existing specialist personality disorder services to which it refers. Indeed, one of the few in-patient units specialising in such disorders (Webb House in Crewe) closed in July 2004. Such closures or threats argue for closer collaboration in planning between the relevant secondary and tertiary services and also between the Department of Health, the NIMHE and local National Health Service commissioners. Not safeguarding existing tertiary specialist services, at a time of increasing awareness of the needs of patients with personality disorders, may be short-sighted.

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Specialist personality disorder services in England: a case for managed clinical networks?

  • Kingsley Norton (a1), Julian Lousada (a2) and Kevin Healy (a3)
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