Our team at
Abney Court

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Meet our friendly care team

Our team are as unique and different as the residents – but they all share a passion for providing the very best experience every day, from the care they give, to the food they prepare and the fantastic range of activities they organise. Take a look at their profiles to find out more about them.

Andrew McIntyre

Home Manager

Andrew McIntyre

I'm an experienced home manager and have worked in residential dementia and nursing homes.

I wanted to join Care UK because, as an organisation, it offers an incredible level of support to residents, families and colleagues alike. 

Residents enjoy maximum independence, quality of life, and high standards of care; families receive ongoing support and information; and colleagues are able to grow and develop within the company. 

I am passionate about enabling residents to live dignified, independent lives and giving them every opportunity to have fun and enjoy each day. Being able to make a difference in the daily lives of residents is one of the best parts of this job. 

Lisa ONeill
Deputy Manager

I’ve worked for Care UK since 2011.

Before that I was a Staff Nurse at Tameside General Hospital working on the wards. I really wanted to be part of Care UK because of its commitment to delivering award-winning quality care. I think its understanding of care and of the care sector is second to none. They offer great training and development for colleagues and genuinely care about residents.

Here at Abney Court care home there’s a fantastic team spirit. Colleagues work really well together because we have one goal – the wellbeing of residents. Each person loves helping people and making a difference to their day, whether it’s small or large. We’re also really committed to Abney Court itself and its success. What I love is that no two days are the same. Mine is an incredibly rewarding job, very sociable and you’re always learning.

I have been the Covid champion from day one of the pandemic, keeping fully up to speed with Care UK’s pandemic plan and ensuring it is being adhered to across the home. When testing started in the home I was pivotal in making this happen, every week I now test staff three times and residents are tested monthly. I coordinate this and do the testing with support from my colleagues. I felt that being the IPC Champion for the home sat nicely alongside my day role. Along with being the homes’ main Covid Tester, I am passionate about the home operating safely and within all the current guidelines, ensuring that all others in the home know how they should be operating and the practices they need to follow. I constantly share my knowledge and expertise to the team at Abney Court, driving home the importance of Infection Control and Prevention in order that we can maintain our status of being Covid free.  

Pam Wilson
Customer Relations Manager

From leaving college I worked in travel, which I loved, (I still like to travel) and I later changed direction and worked as an area manager for a blinds company.

  In all my roles customer service and service delivery has been at the forefront of everything I do.

To do this role well you need to have a warm personality, and be confident, organised and a supremo plate spinner!  Moving a loved one into a care home is a very emotional experience for families so empathy is a must – as is a keenness to make everything as stress-free as possible. I love seeing family members finally relaxing and being able to breathe again. Thats when I know they have total trust in us. 

Its been amazing to have been at Abney Court from the beginning, and seeing how it has developed. Our team has worked together brilliantly to build the reputation of the home, so that its now recognised as one of the best care homes in the Stockport area.

Clare Devitt
Lifestyle Lead

I joined the Abney Court team in 2021.

I’d heard great things about Abney Court and Care UK, and it was all true!

My background is in nursery nursing, but, whatever age group I work with, I always aim to take a ‘can do’ approach, supporting people, whatever their abilities, to enjoy a variety of activities to boost their confidence and self-esteem. 

I enjoy spending quality time with residents, supporting them to express their creativity and making them smile. Some recent activities have ranged from planting bulbs in planters ready for spring, to enjoying parties, doing baking (and enjoying the results!) and having fun in impromptu music sessions.

It’s wonderful to work in such luxurious surroundings – we make the most of the grounds and facilities with lots of gardening, frequent pamper sessions in the beauty salon, coffee mornings in the café and film afternoons in the cinema. I’m looking forward to continuing to expand the lifestyle programme and to supporting the residents to get out and about more. 

Samantha Rylatt
Suite Lead

I joined Care UK and Abney Court in 2019 because I wanted to challenge myself and work for an organisation with high standards and expectations of care.

Before I joined the Abney Court team I was the Deputy Manager of a care home providing residential dementia care, however, gaining my current role has definitely been my career highlight.

I’m the Unit Manager of Abney Court’s dementia suite and I have to say that my favourite part of any day is the time I spend interacting with residents, seeing them smile and listening to their stories. The secret to success in this role, and what brings such satisfaction to me, is building lasting relationships – with residents and their families and with my colleagues at Abney Court.

Away from work I love to unwind by growing fruit and veg on my allotment. I’m also a keen cook and enjoy a bit of knitting too!

Sue Tomlinson
Suite Lead

I started out as a care assistant working in domiciliary care and in another care home.

I joined the Abney Court team in 2018 because Care UK had a great reputation for delivering great care and for enabling its colleagues to develop their skills and career.

As a Suite Lead I aim to lead the team by example, supporting and encouraging them and showing them the best practice way of doing things. Good leadership and communication skills are important. But, above all, what we do is about always putting the needs of the residents first.

One of the best parts of my role is engaging with the residents and their families. It’s a great feeling to know you’re making a difference to someone, and seeing them living a rewarding life is wonderful. Abney Court is a wonderful care home, with lovely grounds and fantastic facilities, so, whatever a resident wants to do, they can do it here. 

Deborah Gebel
Business Administrator

I joined Care UK and Abney Court in 2016 – I’d initially seen the home’s website and was surprised at how fantastic it looked.

I knew I’d be happy working here and I am – I work with some lovely people.

Before I joined the Abney Court team I spent four years working in another care home company, first as an administrator, then as PA in the operations team. It was there that I got a good understanding of how a care home operates and where I developed a passion for working in care – it’s hugely rewarding.

Much of my spare time is taken up with family genealogy. Over the last twenty years I’ve gone back hundreds of years in my family tree. I can prove that I’m related to King Edward I (but probably a lot of people can!). I’m also related to the Davenports of Bramall Hall, and, through them, to an American ex-president. And that’s all on my mother’s side. I’m tackling my dad’s side next!

Marina McHugh
Head Housekeeper

I’ve been at Abney Court since 2016, and I was proud to be promoted to head housekeeper after less than a year here.

Care UK’s ethics and values are very similar to my own, so I felt at home instantly here.

I love that no two days are ever the same at Abney Court – there’s always a fresh challenge or something happening in the home. I love engaging with residents and their families, as well as my own colleagues and I’m passionate about ensuring that residents’ needs are met to the best of my – and my team’s – ability. 

Here at Abney Court, the housekeeping team is very much a part of the larger home team. The home team is very closely-knit. We all get involved in the different events that the home puts on. In fact, my team performed a show as part of our summer fayre. I had a solo, which was completely out of my comfort zone!

Colin Johnston
Maintenance

My background is in school maintenance and I have 15 years’ experience in building maintenance and health and safety.

Over the years I’ve amassed a wide range of building- and H&S-related certificates and qualifications!

I was new to the care sector when I joined the Abney Court team in 2021, but I really enjoy the sense of fulfilment it provides. It’s very satisfying to do a job where you’re keeping vulnerable people safe, and making their surroundings as pleasant as possible. Knowing that residents rely on me certainly spurs me on each day.

There are some truly inspirational residents here at Abney Court and I love learning more about their lives. I actually wanted to be a social worker when I left school, but working here and using my maintenance skills to enhance residents’ lives is close enough for me.

Outside of work I love reading and history – anything related to the Tudor period. I’ve recently bought a metal detector so you can guess what I’ll be doing most weekends!

Milo
Canine Relations Manager

Hi everyone, I’m Milo, and I’m likely to be the first member of the team you meet when you visit us at Abney Court.

I like to chill out just inside the home’s entrance and greet everyone who arrives.

Every day’s busy for me at Abney Court. I take charge of showing prospective new residents and their families around the home, and I’ll escort visitors to their loved one’s room. I help new residents to settle in and take part in activities. My specialism is spending one-to-one time with residents. We go on walks, do family Zoom calls, have cuddles, and I make sure they’re eating well (I can help with biscuits).

After all that hard work, I like to unwind with a little snooze in my bed. I also like to carry my enormous duck toy around and show it to everyone. I love it!

Andrew, the Home Manager, adopted me when my previous owner didn’t have the time to give me the love I needed. Now I get so much love and more, thanks to the fab residents of Abney Court. People say I have a gift for caring, and I’ve certainly helped some residents to come out of their shell and find a purpose in life.

Hope to see you soon at Abney Court!

(P.S. Bring biscuits.)

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Carers

Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 

Nurses

The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.

Lifestyle

Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.