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Our team at
Cairdean House

Trusted to care in Colinton - Edinburgh, Scotland

Trusted to care in Colinton - Edinburgh, Scotland|With 40 years’ experience,
Care UK are experts in delivering award winning care|Care UK is the most awarded care home provider for the last three years|Discover why Care UK is trusted to care by over 9,000 families


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.

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
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.

Our experienced teams

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


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. 


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.


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.