Our team at
Cairdean House

Trusted to care in Colinton, Edinburgh

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Meet our friendly care team

Our people are passionate about making every day the best it can be for the people we care for. We all have very different backgrounds and skills, but we all work together to deliver the best care and experiences for residents. Take a look at these pages to learn more about our team and what makes them tick.

Gillian Goodall

Home Manager

Gillian Goodall

I’m a registered nurse and have been working for Care UK since 2013.

I remember coming to Cairdean for the first time and thinking how amazing it was. I wished that one day I’d be able to work my way up to manager here – and I have!

Away from work I have four dogs, who take up most of my time, and I regularly look after my two grandchildren. Life is pretty full!

Leona Thomson
Customer Relations Manager
I joined Care UK in 2020 as I was looking for a career move where I could really make a difference.

I joined Care UK in 2020 as I was looking for a career move where I could really make a difference. I feel that supporting older people is a real privilege and a sense of giving back. Before working here, I worked as a Business Development Manager within the motor industry for 15 years.

Working at Cairdean I enjoy being part of the family from the team to the residents - it is a complete family culture and to be part of that is very special.

To do well in this role, I feel you have to be a people person. From the initial enquiry from the loved ones, understanding their needs and wishes. This is an emotional time for the resident and family so we need to make them feel fully supported throughout. I also love to meet the residents, listen to their amazing stories and of course see how much Cairdean is a ‘home from home’ to them.

My biggest challenge so far has been starting this role during the Covid-19 pandemic. Helping families virtually has been difficult but it’s also a great challenge to ensure we cover everything in detail.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my little five-year-old, husband and our new dog Mylo and we enjoy long walks and adventures.  

Claire Carson
Lifestyle lead
I started working at Cairdean House as a carer in October 2015 and progressed onto working as a team leader and then as the Lifestyle Lead in 2019.

I started working at Cairdean House as a carer in October 2015 and progressed onto working as a team leader and then as the Lifestyle Lead in 2019. I decided to join Care UK as I wanted to help people and give them more happiness in their later life.

To do well in this role, I feel you need to be very organised, a people person, enthusiastic, and be able to think out of the box with new ideas.

The best part of my day is spending time with the residents and seeing them smile during activities and reminiscing time. So far, my biggest career highlight has been organised large charitable events. I love smashing our targets and exceeding everyone’s expectations.

When I’m not working, I enjoy time with my young family and taking them on adventures.

Jemma Houghton
Unit Manager Clinical and Infection Prevention and Control Champion
The role of Infection Prevention ' Control (IPC) Champion is vital in ensuring that colleagues maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the home, keeping residents and colleagues safe.

The role of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion is vital in ensuring that colleagues maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the home, keeping residents and colleagues safe. They work hard to deliver the relevant training to the team, complete audits and keep on top of the legislation and guidelines.

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.