Who is Gillybob?
To bring in the necessary pennies to enable my travelling, I used to work for a large NHS Trust in Manchester but now work for a specialist NHS Trust. Although there are some who would say I rarely work given the amount of travelling I do. I manage this because of two reasons :
1 I have worked for the NHS for over 10 years now so I get 33 days of annual leave each year (April to March) plus the 8 statutory holidays.
2 I don't waste a single day and will often choose an evening flight from Manchester (its great to have the largest regional airport in the UK almost on your doorstep) and still work that day, thereby saving the day's leave for the holiday rather than just the travelling there part.
3 I work a 9-day fortnight (I do my fortnight's full time hours over 9 working days instead of 10), meaning I get a long weekend every two weeks. It's a juggling act, but I'm happy to do it.
My friend, Tricia Campbell, had the travel bug first - she passed it on to me and now my motivation for working is my next holiday (and the one after that, and the one after that, and .... well, you get the picture)! One of the big reasons for moving back to the UK after living in South Africa for over ten years, is the fact that its an awful lot easier to travel to places all over the world from the UK than it is from South Africa (wrong hemisphere for travellers).
I'm quite an outspoken individual and I'm a Trade Union Representative (UNISON) at our NHS Foundation Trust. I'm a very forthright person. I don't do shimmy shammy wishy washy opinions. It's straight down the middle, honest truth so be prepared for that if you ask for an opinion. I speak my mind and don't hide behind others and their opinions - I prefer that straight forward approach from people as well. So, as we say in Yorkshire "A spade's a spade"!!!