The Priory Hospital Church Village - Pontypridd

The Priory Hospital Church Village is situated in Tonteg near Pontypridd in South Wales within easy access of the M4 and M5 supporting referrals from across the country.

The Hospital provides treatment for adult females with a mild to moderate learning disability, who may also have a borderline personality disorder and associated mental health problems.

The newly refurbished hospital has ten en-suite bedrooms and there is a self-contained 2 bedroom bungalow available for service users preparing to step down. The site also benefits from a purpose built therapy suite with an occupational therapy kitchen, art room, group room, a quiet lounge and a large secure garden.

It is within easy walking distance of local shops and amenities and provides easy access to the city of Cardiff.

Our approach

We are experienced in dealing with females who have learning disabilities and other mental health conditions. We adopt a specialist approach with each individual ensuring we offer not only the best clinical care but also a wide range of therapies. Our diverse Multi-Disciplinary Team is made up of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and others but also includes a Dietitian ensuring Healthy Eating lifestyles and an Activities Coordinator who enables art and music therapy, all of which aids service user transition.

We believe engaged service users have a better rate of recovery and rehabilitation back into the community and as such we offer our service users the opportunity to attend various activities that take place in the local community as well as educational or work programmes. The unit is fortunate to have close links with the local adult learning centre and we run on site activities.

Our expertise

  • Between August 2014 - September 2015, the average length of stay = 9 months (half of national average of 18 months/2 years)
  • Between March 2015 - May 2015, an average of 34 hours per week of meaningful activity was offered (with an average of 28 hours per week accepted)
  • Since October 2014, out of 5 discharges, 4 have moved on to community or less intensive community services.

Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Referrals and care pathway

Referrals are accepted from health boards, clinical commissioning groups, other independent hospital low secure services, NHS low secure and acute psychiatric services, PICU’s and open community services. Following treatment at the Priory Hospital Church Village, if appropriate, we have an identified care pathway to step people down to one of our community housing placements. Once a referral has been accepted, funding approval must be in place before admission.

Inclusion criteria

  • Females aged between 18 and 65
  • Individuals with learning disabilities who may also have associated mental health problems
  • Individuals may also have a diagnosis of a borderline personality disorder
  • As a locked rehabilitation service, service users will be detained under sections of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Individuals with a learning disability who may have a forensic need
  • Individuals with a learning disability who may also have autism

More Info

Multidisciplinary Team

The multidisciplinary team will comprise of the following professionals:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Clinical nurse manager
  • Nurses and support workers
  • Psychologist
  • Sessional art and music therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Occupational therapist assistant
  • Activity co-ordinator
  • Sessional dietician
  • An independent advocacy service with advocates visiting on a regular basis.


Service user collaboration

  • We have a collaborative approach to risk management and encourage service users to take supported positive risks in line with their rehabilitation goals and with regard to their mental health and wellbeing
  • Service users are supported to co-design their individual therapeutic programme as well as participating in the recreational activities of the hospital
  • We encourage service user leadership and participation in our service development through a monthly Your Voice forum
  • We have a successful feedback loop where service users and carers provide their views on improvement and we seek solutions together

Location Details


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