Company History


Our main motivation for starting M&D Care, was realising that people need to live in homes, not hospitals.

Each time we have set up a new service, I ask myself if I would be happy living there. If I would, I know they're suitable for the people we support.

Whilst I am extremely proud of M&D Care's growth; I am also very proud of its history. At M&D Care we understand where we have come from, which is important as we remain close to our core values and founding principles. Additionally, We believe it is imperative to reflect on where we've been, in order to look forward to the future.
Michelle Martin
Clinical Director

Michelle Martin, company founder – alongside two other directors – and the ‘M’ in M&D Care, is an experienced psychiatric nurse, with a career that began before ‘Community Care’ commenced. Michelle’s nursing started at St David’s hospital, an enormous psychiatric facility in Carmarthen.

In 2008, The Elms was opened by M&D care, for individuals with forensic mental health history. However, this has since progressed to supporting people with many different social care needs. 

Community Care – 1990

The hospital opened as the Carmarthenshire, Cardigan and Pembrokeshire County Asylum in 1865, with room for 212 patients.The architect was David Brandon. His substantial three-storey buildings were designed in an Italianate style and included men’s and women’s wards, day rooms, offices, a grand dining hall, and a chapel. There were workshops and exercise yards for patients. The asylum had its own water towers and a gas works. In 1870, and between 1878 and 1880, additional wings were added and early examples of cavity walling to the ventilation towers.

Between 1883 and 1889, an ambitious new chapel was built, seating 500, funded by private patients and also built entirely by the asylum’s inmates. The chapel included a multicoloured interior, using strips of poly chrome glazed brick.

By 1929, the asylum was known as the Joint Counties Mental Hospital and, in 1948, on arrival of the National Health Service, became St David’s Hospital. Capacity grew to include 940 beds by 1971.

In 1981, the buildings were given a Grade II listing as “an architectural ensemble of note, incorporating the latest ideas on hospital planning and construction”. More recently recorded are the unusual examples of patient graffiti, carved into the stonework of the Victorian building.

In the early 2000’s, a government report heavily criticised the standard of accommodation and care at the hospital. A patient had also died in 1999, after being administered a rapid tranquilliser when medical checks had not been carried out correctly. By April 2003, the vast majority of the 1,200 patients had been relocated to other mental health facilities, with only 100 expected to remain in a new unit on the site. Carmarthenshire Council purchased the old hospital buildings in 2003, at a cost of £3 million, to prevent the national government using them to house asylum seekers.

Hywel Dda University Health Board operate the Cwm Seren, Tudor House, and Ty Bryn psychiatric units on the original hospital’s Jobswell Road site,now renamed Parc Dewi Sant (St David’s Park).

Michelle has stated that current mental health services are far from where they need to be. However, having witnessed where they were, we ought to have tremendous optimism for the future.

M&D Care

Michelle Martin founded M&D Care in 2008, after managing residential services and working in various secure hospitals. Michelle was underwhelmed by the standard of community based placements on offer to patients being discharged from secure hospitals and believed that she could do better.

M&D Care believe that the person should be at the centre of their care and as a provider our goal is to promote individual independence and quality of life. We have built a network of care that focuses on increasing independence, developing and maintaining relationships, skill building, goal setting, employment opportunities, community participation and more.

Company Timeline

2008
2008

The Elms

 

 

2009
2009

Llys Penpant

2009

Rotherslade

2009

Forest View

2011
2011

Croft House

2015
2015

Supported Living

2015

Domiciliary Care

2017
2017

Granville Court

2017

Ebenezer

2018
2018

Opening of New Head Office

2019
2019

Wern Road

2019

Ynystawe Lodge

Coming Soon!

2019

Thomas Street

Coming Soon!