Our team at
Murrayside

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Meet our friendly care team

Our colleagues are a diverse team of people, but all share a passion for quality care for older people and are ultimately here to support your loved one to enjoy each day to the full. It’s important to know who will be caring for your loved one - these pages have more information about our management team, chef, lifestyle coordinators, and more.

Fran Long

Home Manager

Fran Long

I joined the wonderful team here at Murrayside in early 2020.

Outside of work I enjoy watching crime and military dramas, as well as spending time with my children and two precious grandsons.

Kimberley Mason
Deputy Manager
I started working at Murrayside care home in November 2020.

I started working at Murrayside care home in November 2020. I decided to join Care UK as I loved the time I spent working as an agency nurse within both Murrayside and Lauder Lodge care homes.

I have worked within social care for several years and I started as a care assistant while I completed my nursing training. I then developed into working as a deputy home manager and home manager as well as working in pediatric and neonatal nursing.

The best part of my working day is getting to know the residents and their quirks and I love spending time with them.

Outside of work, family time is important to me and I enjoy spending time with my beautiful nieces and nephews. I have a little dog called Belle who I just adore and she brings genuine happiness to my life. My friends and family are the world to me. When I’m not found with them, I can usually be found spending my wages at the shops!

Gill Gray
Customer Relations Manager
Before I joined Murrayside in 2018 I’d worked in the property sector.

Before I joined Murrayside in 2018 I’d worked in the property sector. Most recently I worked in a company selling retirement developments, helping older people to move into assisted living. Moving here seemed like the perfect progression for me. I was attracted to Care UK’s approach to quality and customer care, and I find supporting older people is a real privilege.  

I love showing people around Murrayside and introducing them to our talented team. Visitors are always keen to know about the activities we offer and there is always plenty going on here. I also enjoy welcoming new residents. It’s so important that they and their families are made to feel comfortable. It’s a big step to move into residential care, so ensuring people feel settled is crucial.

Eilidh Cornwall
Lifestyle Coordinator
I decided to join the lifestyle team at Murrayside as I wanted a change of career, and a rewarding one at that.

I decided to join the lifestyle team at Murrayside as I wanted a change of career, and a rewarding one at that. This job suits that perfectly. Every day I take great satisfaction from making a difference to resident’s lives, like cheering them up when they are feeling low and making them laugh. Everything we do is for the residents’ wellbeing and happiness.

My favourite part of the day is when I get to spend quality time with the residents. I love laughing with them and sharing stories – it is such a privilege. It can be challenging to ensure the activities we arrange suit everyone’s needs and interests, but we always do our best to balance everything so everyone is happy. I am compassionate, positive and creative, three attributes which make me good at my job.

Outside of Murrayside I like to spend time riding my horse. I also enjoy seeing live music, traveling to different cities and following sports like rugby and tennis.

Karol Sierpinski
Business Administrator
I joined the team at Murrayside in 2018 when the home opened.

I joined the team at Murrayside in 2018 when the home opened. Before this I worked as a receptionist in Lauder Lodge, another Edinburgh based Care UK home. I have an extensive background in care and have held admin roles in care homes across Edinburgh for many years, but before this I worked as a chef in a local restaurant.

I find it very satisfying working at Murrayside. I love being able to assist my colleagues, the residents and their families.

Outside of work I like to keep fit, cook, and socialise with friends and family.

Iain Young
Head Chef
I moved to Murrayside in 2018 after spending 27 years in some of the best kitchens in the world.

I moved to Murrayside in 2018 after spending 27 years in some of the best kitchens in the world. But I felt it was time to give something back to the community and use my skills to make other people’s lives better. This was the perfect opportunity to do that. 

Immediately prior to joining the team at Murrayside, I was the head chef in a 100-bedroom hotel. There are many similarities to heading the kitchen of a big hotel and a big care home: you need to be punctual, patient, calm and good with people. 

I’m really enjoying the challenge of providing residents with delicious and freshly prepared menu options that also meet their nutritional and dietary needs. Care UK’s ethos is all about helping residents to live fulfilling lives, and I believe that food plays a key part in that – supporting their health and wellbeing while bringing added joy to their day. 

Away from work I don’t get much time to have hobbies as I have three daughters who take up all my time!

Marika Maczkowska
Head Housekeeper
I’ve been the head housekeeper in a five-star hotel, and I joined Care UK because the company has a superb reputation for being committed to delivering the same level of standards.

I’ve been the head housekeeper in a five-star hotel, and I joined Care UK because the company has a superb reputation for being committed to delivering the same level of standards. I’m passionate about delivering the best in everything I do, so I was keen to work somewhere that reflected my own values. 

I love being busy and doing different things, so I enjoy every day. I take pride in our beautiful home and in leading a great time. I think the details are all-important, and I like spotting the little things that make all the difference to residents. 

That attention to detail is carried through in my interests outside of work – I love doing crafts, and I bring things in for my colleagues and the residents. It’s lovely to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

Sharon Whitecross
Registered General Nurse and Infection Prevention and Control Champion
I wanted to become the Murrayside IPC champion because I had some previous experience of IPC, which I enjoyed.

I wanted to become the Murrayside IPC champion because I had some previous experience of IPC, which I enjoyed. I felt it would be a natural development to use these skills with Care UK. I started working in care homes because my mum lived with dementia for many years. I wanted a change in my nursing career, and when she moved into a care home and I saw the care and love she received from the nurses there, I realised that working in a care home was what I wanted to do.

It’s my responsibility to train colleagues in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), handwashing and to help them understand the latest policies. I work alongside all management and heads of department in a multidisciplinary team. I also keep up to date with all guidance from Health Protection Scotland and Public Health Scotland while keeping in mind Care UK’s policies. I make sure colleagues are aware of any changes.

Murrayside is a big home and there are lots of colleagues who work here and support residents to live independent and meaningful lives. During the pandemic we all came together to support teach other and to keep residents safe and well. It was fantastic to experience that.

Murray
The Murrayside Mascot
I’ve been a part of the Murrayside family since the care home opened in 2018.

I’ve been a part of the Murrayside family since the care home opened in 2018. It’s been a dream of mine to work with a caring company, and I enjoy the opportunity to make people happy every day.

A good mascot has to be flexible, fun and good at telling jokes. My favourite part of the day is whenever I get to spend time with the residents, I always aim to make them smile and take pleasure in making each day as happy as it can be.

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.