Treatment tailored to the individual

The Priory Hospital Aberdare

The Priory Hospital Aberdare is an independent hospital providing care, treatment and rehabilitation for service users who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or a learning disability and may have associated mental health care needs. The hospital accommodates up to 12 patients and all bedrooms are en-suite.

The hospital is a bright and airy place which provides:

  • Communal areas such as a secure garden
  • A purpose built therapy suite
  • An occupational therapy kitchen
  • An art room
  • Sensory rooms and a quiet lounge

The hospital organises access to community services and social outings as well as in-house activities, based on the preference of the individual, ensuring links are maintained with the patient’s family and friends.

The multidisciplinary team works together to develop personalised, recovery-focused treatment programmes and care pathways, as well as a range of therapies to meet all patient needs. The unit strives to achieve the shortest length of stay required for an individual and actively maintains communication with the patient’s community teams to facilitate the earliest possible discharge and promote independence.

Service overview

Assessments take place from the moment a patient is admitted and a care plan formulation occurs once full assessments have been completed. Risk assessments/management plans are carried out then reviewed on a monthly basis or when required.

We also provide a range of specialist interventions tailored to individual needs and they include:

  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Art psychotherapy and sensory therapy
  • Community inclusion, activities to promote confidence and self-esteem and daily living skills
  • Augmentive communication
  • Social skills to promote awareness of self and others
  • Community educational opportunities

We design our environment in a way that ensures individuals are as comfortable as possible. We hold monthly team meetings to evaluate care, paying particular attention to agreed pathways.

Our Positive Behavioural Support ethos is implemented across the service and behaviour plans are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. The Care and Treatment Plan or Care Programme Approach review meetings take place every six months, where patients are fully involved.

Our Services

Our Specialists

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions


Referrals are accepted from all Health Boards, CCGs, CSUs, medium/low secure units, acute wards and other hospitals. An initial assessment will be undertaken by senior members of the multidisciplinary team. Once a referral has been accepted, funding approval must be in place before admission.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Males and females aged between 18 and 65
  • Patients admitted informally or formally under the Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Patients with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder or a learning disability with associated mental health care needs
  • Patients with behaviours that challenge, such as self harm, violence and aggression and destructive behaviour within their environment
  • Patients who present with associated conditions like pica, anxiety disorders, psychosis and ADHD
  • Patients who may present communication difficulties
  • Patients who have a level of vulnerability that may put them at risk in other service settings
  • Patients who require step down care from a more secure facility in their care pathway

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Multidisciplinary team:

Our services are committed to providing a holistic approach supporting every service user. The unit is led by an effective multidisciplinary team, experienced in rehabilitation, recovery and caring for patients with complex needs. The team includes:

  • Consultant for LD / Autism
  • Autism Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • OT Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Art Psychotherapist
  • Advocacy
  • Additional therapists such as a Music Therapist
  • Access to a Dietitian who encourages healthy eating lifestyles to support recovery

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