I have been a nurse for more than 30 years, and was employed in a number of clinical and non clinical roles until March 2013. I worked for a variety of Primary Care Trusts almost from their inception until their demise.
The Health and Social Care Bill has now been implemented, but rather than viewing life from inside the NHS as I have until now, I am now an outsider. This will take some getting used to, but it may well be fun to have the freedom to think a little more outside the box.
The NHS may have made me redundant and to have retired me at the same time, but I am too young, life is too short and I don’t have enough money to sit idly by. I am going to try to go it alone and no doubt sometime soon will work again for the NHS. Though I somehow doubt my life will quite be ‘in the NHS’.
I am married, and have a 22 year old son who is in his final year at University. It is going to be something of a mission to ensure that he gets himself into gainful employment and is able to return to the family home only briefly.
I battle daily to ward off the evils of middle age spread by vigorously exercising and trying to watch my diet and alcohol intake (often as it passes my lips).