Our team at
Armstrong House

Trusted to care in Gateshead

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Meet our friendly care team

Each one of us at Armstrong House makes a positive difference to residents’ lives. We’re passionate about making each day the best it can be for the people we care for. You can learn more about some of our team on these pages.

Shirley Summerbell

Home Manager

Shirley Summerbell

Before moving to Armstrong House in 2016 I was a peripatetic home manager across the UK, making sure care homes met regulators and local authority standards.

Theres a great team here – we provide a high standard of care for residents – and the team deserves to be proud of what theyve achieved. Everyone is very committed to ensuring that every resident is happy and cared for.

I used to travel a lot within the UK for work, and I enjoy travelling for fun too. Reading – and even playing computer games – helps me to unwind after a busy day at work.

Maggie Frater
Deputy Manager
I qualified as a nurse in the late 1980s.

I qualified as a nurse in the late 1980s. Since then, the majority of my career has been spent working with the elderly in various care homes around Gateshead. I joined Care UK in 2015 after I’d researched the various homes in the area – I was impressed by what the company offered both its residents and its staff teams.

I’m passionate about caring for older people and ensuring that they enjoy a good quality of life, and it’s good to know that, at the end of the day, you’ve made a difference. I’m very lucky to be part of an amazing team here and we have a very supportive manager. We’re also caring for some fantastic residents!

Cat Perone
Clinical Lead and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Champion
I qualified as a nurse in 2013, and, since then, I have continued to develop my skills in infection prevention and control, end of life care and much more.

I qualified as a nurse in 2013, and, since then, I have continued to develop my skills in infection prevention and control, end of life care and much more. At home in Italy I worked in emergency care as part of an ambulance crew before moving to the UK to broaden my professional experience.

I love care home nursing because you get to know the residents well and can see the difference you’re making to their life and health. My team feels like a big family. We take care of each other as well as the residents and continue to learn every day.

Here at Armstrong House I’ve been able to explore my interests by becoming the IPC Champion and the Palliative Care Champion. As a champion, I do advanced training in that subject which I then deliver to the team, and I act as a day-to-day source of information and support so we’re always achieving and maintaining the highest standards of care. 

Gianclaudio Cepollaro
Lifestyle Lead
I come from a publishing, journalism and design background in Italy.

I come from a publishing, journalism and design background in Italy. I have to say that the creativity, patience, passion and determination I developed in previous roles have come in useful here at Armstrong House. In this role you need to be able to think on your feet and get creative to ensure you’re supporting residents to live each day to the full.

Working at Armstrong House (I joined the team in 2016) has enabled me to grow professionally. I love working with the residents and spending one-to-one time with them, enabling them to live a fulfilling and rewarding life.

In my free time I still like to use my creative skills, either writing or video making.

Kelly Young
Head Chef
I’ve been part of the Armstrong House team for a long time now – prior to joining the team I had my own catering business.

I’ve been part of the Armstrong House team for a long time now – prior to joining the team I had my own catering business. But the time came when I fancied a new challenge, and here I am.

This role keeps you on your toes. You need to be organised and understand how to cater for different residents’ dietary needs, as well as knowing all the residents’ individual tastes. There’s always a lot to do, so you need to be great at time keeping to get meals dished up on time.

I always try to keep things interesting and we regularly try new recipes and ideas to see what appeals to residents. I love making residents happy through food, and supporting their health and wellbeing.

Armstrong House is a fantastic home to work in. The team is very friendly and caring and we all pull together to support each other, the residents and their families. 

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 residents 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 residents enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.


All our teams get to know residents 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.