I have worked in London for the NHS commissioners for around 5 years and I am now a consultant. I really enjoy my job; it’s grown my skill set and I find it fascinating. There have been many hurdles and many steps however, there is always a place to get to, which is the reason I got to where I am.
I had a spinal injury in 2004 that left me using a wheelchair. The journey to realising that I was able to look after myself and not be dependant emotionally on others was not as difficult as I had first thought and this journey opened up many paths all of which I have been very fortunate to go down.
I did my rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville hospital; I got through it quickly as I was very keen to get out! Once I got home, I got straight back into work. After a year, I left my (very well paid) job to find a more honest post.
It is at this time I realised I had very little experience in the workplace. I had no qualifications passed GCSEs and AS levels (as I had owned a scaffolding company when I had my accident) which meant I had no relevant qualifications. I enrolled into a business admin apprenticeship and that was the beginning of my new career. It led me to my first post, which eventually led on to the NHS Commissioners based in Kingston.
I commute daily from Surrey to London, Croydon and Gatwick. I have rarely driven to work as public transport is not an issue. I learnt very quickly to jump off the trains in my chair as opposed to waiting for a ramp as I’d often miss stops.
My Plus is that, despite the common obstacles, I am always able to find a way to do things that works for me.