St David’s

Independent Hospital


St David’s Independent Hospital provides open rehabilitation, habilitation and treatment to individuals living with a learning disability and/ or additional complex needs including autism and mental health needs.

The hospital offers an enhanced living environment having recently undergone a full internal refurbishment.

Admission Criteria

St David’s supports:

  • Males aged 18 yrs + who have a diagnosis of a borderline to moderate learning disability
  • May have coexisting secondary conditions including autism and/or complex and mental health needs
  • Admission is primarily based upon an initial 12 week assessment period
  • Ability to take individuals detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or subject to Deprivation of Liberty Standards

Philosophy of care

Philosophically, we believe in care based on the principles of rehabilitation, habilitation, recovery and inclusion to empower individuals to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

We do this through:

  • Improving the quality of life for every individual in our care and enhancing their personal strengths.
  • A commitment to a thorough Care Treatment Planning (CTP).
  • Valuing partnership working to achieve progress side by side with individuals.
  • Promoting respect, inclusion and good communication.
  • Striving to optimise health and independence.

The support delivered

Support and treatment is designed to promote the development of both social and adaptive skills leading towards independence and autonomy. The service will also seek to achieve and demonstrate reduction in risk behaviours.

In addition, St David’s has three core values underpinning its care and treatment, staff and services:

  • Commitment
  • Value
  • Development

St David’s is committed in providing quality treatment whilst working collaboratively with families and referrers. Quality is monitored internally and by the All Wales Quality Framework – St David’s has been awarded 3 Q’s in relation to the quality of care delivered.

Individuals are valued as individuals and their treatment is structured as such. The service strives for progressive development and delivering positive outcomes to the lives of those we support. Importantly we seek to take a positive, proactive approach to risk when it comes to supporting those who reside in and or spend time in our services. We aim to provide programmes of care which are progressive, individualised and truly person-centred.

Announced and unannounced inspections are carried out by HIW to ensure quality of care is of the highest standards.


  • 15 furnished bedrooms (personalisation welcomed)
  • Spacious modern living areas
  • On site day centre providing social, educational, recreational and therapeutic opportunities
  • Clinic room
  • Access to a range of community focused activities

The surrounding area

St David’s stands by the banks of the River Dee and within walking distance of the small village of Carrog – a picturesque part of North Wales.

Carrog has a railway station which is part of the Llangollen line, a public house and a café. The town of Corwen is close by which offers a range of community facilities and amenities. A little further away are the towns of Llangollen and Wrexham.

The location offers the tranquility of the countryside but is also within minutes of the main road through North Wales putting the whole region within easy reach, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the coast and beyond.

The Registered Manager

Pippa Philipson, Registered Manager

Pippa qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and prior to that, worked as a care assistant for nearly 10 years. She has also worked as a Specialist Advisor for the CQC for the past six years. During her career, Pippa has worked in a variety of settings including mental health, learning disabilities and brain injury services and has been a Registered Manager since 2015.

Pippa is passionate about good care and treatment, involving patients in their care and supporting staff to progress in their learning and careers. She has also been a mentor for a number of people over her career and has been on interview panels for Occupational Therapists in local universities.

  • Summary

    • Male only, age 18 years+
    • 15 beds
    • Borderline to moderate learning disability.
    • Ability to take patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.
    • Rehabilitation for patients leaving acute or secure services.
    • Step-up service for patients when their current placement has broken down due to their behaviours.
    • Extensive Grounds
    • Tranquil location
    • On-site activities centre

    Carrog, Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 9BG

’’Words can’t describe what St David’s has done for my brother and our family – the service and its staff are fantastic!’’

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