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Cairdean House

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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.

Kat Barnwell

Home Manager

Kat Barnwell

I’m a registered mental health nurse, and I have worked my way up in almost every job role within a care home, starting as a Care Assistant and including working as part of the domestic, kitchen, admin and lifestyle teams.

I have a real understanding of how every cog fits together and the impact that we all have in ensuring the home runs smoothly.

Before joining Care UK, I was working as a Regional Support Manager with another care provider. Being in a regional role and supporting multiple care homes, I felt like I couldn’t easily effect changes and improvements on the ground within the care homes. I also missed being part of a team and belonging to a care home. Care UK has a fantastic reputation, and the care Inspectorate grades across Scotland speak for themselves.

As a Home Manager, it’s important to have energy, passion and a willingness to have difficult conversations to ensure that we are all striving to fulfil the lives of the people who choose to live at Cairdean House.

I love meeting and speaking to new people and learning about the residents and team members here. I enjoy hearing what is important to them and what makes people tick, as well as how we can make them smile.

Supporting and guiding my team and creating an environment where people want to be and feel proud to be part of the Cairdean family is one of my favourite parts of my role.

Outside of work, I’m a crafty person with many hobbies, from stained glass making to mosaics, sewing and cooking, to name a few. I can’t sit still, so I’m always looking for new adventures and experiences to take on.

Taylor Baker
Taylor Baker
Deputy Manager

I joined Care UK in 2014 as a Care Assistant at Cairdean House. Alongside working as a Care Assistant, I completed my degree in Adult Nursing and then became a Registered Nurse in 2018. In June 2022, I transferred to Care UK’s Murrayside as a Unit Manager, but I rejoined Cairdean in July 2023 as Deputy Manager, and I am over the moon to be back!

Care UK provides excellent care to residents, and residents are always the priority. To be a Deputy Manager, I feel you have to be approachable, kind and patient. The most important part of my role is ensuring that our residents are supported in maintaining their safety and wellbeing and to ensure they are living a fulfilled life each and every day.

Making a difference to residents’ lives and seeing them happy makes me proud of what I do. I am also proud of our team here at Cairdean House. My colleagues are truly exceptional and genuinely care for residents. I love that Cairdean is a family, which includes residents, visitors and colleagues!

Since becoming a mum in 2021, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my son outside of work, watching him grow and go on as many adventures as possible. 

Leona Thomson
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 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
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 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.

Scott Runciman
Scott Runciman
Head Chef

I’ve been cooking in the care sector for around 10 years. Over this time, I’ve gained experience and training in all the aspects required to create and manage nutritious menus that can be catered to any specialist diet you come across within a care home.

I was working as a second chef in another care home before joining Cairdean House, but I wanted a new challenge. This role appealed to me as an opportunity to showcase my skills in a new environment.

In this role, it’s important to be a strong leader and a good listener. You also need to be organised, approachable and willing to teach others. I believe the most important part of my role is incorporating new ideas to suit menus for different dietary requirements, while using seasonal and local produce.

A highlight from my career was being named the regional finalist for Chef of the Year in my previous job. At that time, I was the only Second Chef to have made the finals. I’m always grateful to receive positive feedback from residents and relatives – it makes me feel proud of what I do.

I’m a keen bowler outside of work, and I also enjoy going to watch the football.

Jed Egan Veridiano
Jed Egan Veridiano
Unit Manager

I decided to join Care UK after hearing positive feedback and testimonies from people I know and through my own research. Previously, I had been working as a medical surgical nurse in the Philippines since 2010.

Being promoted to Unit Manager and having the opportunity to be Cairdean House’s Dementia Care Champion have been the highlights of my career. In this role, you need to be optimistic, resilient and have a positive mindset. Teamwork and camaraderie are also important characteristics to have.

I strive to be an example to others. A good leader doesn’t just show that everything is always perfect. They also acknowledge that things might not turn out the way we want right away, but that together we will find a solution and progress as a team.

My days at Cairdean House can be long, but it always brightens my day when a resident or a family member expresses their thanks and gratitude. Their smiles and hugs when they know they are being cared for are my favourite part of the day.

When I’m not working, I enjoy PC gaming, window shopping, cooking and working out.

Jim Heron
Jim Heron
Unit Manager

I joined Cairdean House to make a difference in my local community. In this role, you need to be passionate about caring. The most important part of my role is developing a positive team culture. Having a committed and passionate team makes me proud of what I do.

My favourite part of the day is the early evening, when I have a chance to sit and chat with the residents.

Outside of work, I enjoy Scottish rugby and playing the piano.

Gill McPhee
Gill McPhee
Business Administrator

I’ve had a varied career, from working with children to management and being self-employed. I was working as Receptionist/Administrator here at Cairdean House before being promoted to Business Administrator, and before that I worked as a receptionist with another care home provider. Care UK offered a friendly and inviting team environment, as well as the scope to progress my career.

All aspects of my role are pivotal in the running of the home, but being available to colleagues, residents and relatives alike is most important. In this role, you need to have patience, organisational skills, approachability and a caring nature. I enjoy all aspects of my role, but I do love being out of the office on the floor, having a chat to the residents and relatives.

I feel proud whenever I can help people in times of joy, need or difficulty.

I’m a keen paddleboarder and skier outside of work. I also like to unwind by doing arts and crafts, specifically abstract painting and jewellery making.

Shannon McLaughlan
Shannon McLaughlan
Receptionist

Before becoming the Receptionist/Administrator at Cairdean House, I was working as a Care Assistant where I was nominated for Best Carer of the Year. I was recommended for this role by a current colleague.

My role is to greet visitors professionally and respectfully and ensure that team members are fulfilling their weekly shifts. I believe it’s important to be sociable, bubbly, compassionate and outgoing in this role.

I love that I have the chance to chat with families and help with queries every day, and I’m proud that I can help families and be the face of Cairdean House.

Nikola Obara
Nikola Obara
Head Housekeeper

I joined Care UK because I wanted to try something different to working in hotels, and I’m proud that in this role I can make a visible difference. Working here has been the highlight of my career.

The most important parts of my role are ensuring the home is clean every day to our standards and making visible changes when it comes to the cleanliness for residents’ and visitors’ first impressions of the home. In this role, you need to be a team player, problem solver and multi-tasker. It’s also important to have good leadership skills, good communication and plenty of experience.

My favourite part of the day is my morning walk around the home. During this time, before the home gets busy, is when I can make the lounges and other spaces look their best.

When I’m not working, I enjoy painting, hiking and travelling.

Nichodimus Muzariri
Nichodimus Muzariri
Maintenance

Before joining Cairdean House, I was working as a construction site manager. After relocating to the UK, through my research, I found that Care UK’s values align with my own, and I admire the work ethic and collaborative spirit in the home.

As Maintenance Manager, it’s important to be attentive, supportive and responsive to team needs; knowledgeable about assets, materials and skills of team members, and to have dignity and respect for colleagues and residents.

I feel proud of what I do when I accomplish all my daily targets and work with a supportive team.

When I’m not working, I love to travel and volunteer with community service or charity work.

Patryk Gornik
Patryk Gornik
Maintenance

When I arrived in the UK at the age of 20, I had no plan, no connections and no knowledge of the language, but I’m proud to now hold a significant role at Cairdean House. I was keen to join Care UK because it offers the perfect work/life balance.

Ensuring the safety of people in the building is a crucial part of my role. This includes regularly checking and maintaining safety systems, as well as promptly responding to any threats or incidents to minimise risks.

In this role, it’s important to have strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail and technical expertise in specific areas of maintenance. You also need to be able to work independently and as part of a team, be adaptable to handle various tasks and challenges, have good communication skills when interacting with colleagues and clients and have a commitment to safety protocols and procedures.

My favourite part of the working day is when I successfully troubleshoot and fix a challenging problem. It's immensely satisfying to apply my skills and knowledge to resolve issues, and it gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing that I've contributed to the smooth operation of the facility or equipment.

I’m proud knowing that my work directly contributes to the efficiency and safety of Cairdean House. Additionally, overcoming complex challenges and continuously learning and improving my skills gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride in my work.

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.