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Amber Snowball last won the day on June 24 2018

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  1. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    That’s appalling putting you back to a bottom band 5! I returned on a middle 6 and tbh wish I’d dug in for a top 6! Just dumped me in with a full caseload. My son is 26 and his girlfriend is Aussie so doubt he’ll return here. He’s now spent more of his life in Australia than the UK so...but you never know what’s around the corner though so if I’ve learnt anything it’s never say never! I think time away, maturity but also different life stages plays a part as well as to what and where suits your needs at any given time. I am from the south east originally so up here in the north west is like a new adventure for me. Wouldn’t have returned to my original area. No amount of time away would make that look enticing! You know you best and have to trust that instinct. You can move again in the uk if needed or return to Australia. It’s expensive but not impossible. Pensions etc have to be considered as you get older and making sure you’re putting into a system so you are entitled to money somewhere in the world, but again we all have different situations. People do get trapped in a country purely because they can’t afford to leave once they retire. That was my fear. You sound like you are all systems go so I hope it all works out for you.
  2. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    Go for it. You might find that the size of your caseload means that you can’t do as much of the ‘good’ work that you would like but there are times of real reward when parents flourish with your support. Scotland pays a band 7 as well I think, so bonus!, Yes, I think this was the right move and I too thought I’d be in Australia for ever but something changed, don’t really know what. Just felt I was done with it. I was there 13 years, moved my nhs Pension over there and everything, no intention of returning. I was good for around 10 years then a switch was flicked. My now adult son is still in Australia and is likely to remain there but at the end of the day he could move anywhere and has his own life to lead, so I need to be where I need to be. I still have days when I think did I do the right thing but I know I have. Australia was very good to me and I have a passport so could return. Have you looked into returning to the NMC register yet? That was a complete ball ache. Took ages as I had to find someone who knows me who is a nurse and health visitor to declare I was ok to practice! I’d been gone for years! Luckily an old colleague did it but it was a pain. Took months! You can only do what you feel is right at the time so I wish you the best!
  3. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    Errrmmm. It has its moments. When I look at the district nurses and what they do then by comparison I think HV is ‘better’. It will give you a 9-5 mon-fri role. Although some areas are starting to offer evening and weekend services. The key is not to think you have to get everything done, every day, otherwise it will consume you. The thing with being the caseload holder you feel responsible and you are responsible so prioritising is the key! Those families are yours for 5 (sometimes very long) years! No handover to someone else unless they move. Some people seem to think we are pseudo social workers as well so it’s about being clear what we do and again not being dragged into covering other roles! There are worse ways to earn a living that’s for sure! The profession would be happy to have you!
  4. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    I agree. Sounds weird. @Barnyrubble I would urge you to have a chat with @Alan Collett. Alan devotes a lot of free advice to the parents visa forum and many of the members of that forum have used his services successfully. Alan is also a tax agent in both systems. An in-depth analysis will probably cost a small fee but money well spent if it means you can sleep at night with a definite answer as to what path you take. It is so hard especially with Covid changing the landscape as well. I wish you luck!
  5. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    It never occurred to me that I would be unwell. I have the most vanilla health history ever. Maybe I just suppressed that worry! It certainly puts the level of debt I would have had in Australia into perspective. It would have been mortgage debt not anything frivolous. Anyhoo, good luck with your move. What sort of nursing do you do? I’m a Health Visitor. Clinical commissioning and the obsession with KPIs is killing the role but there we go. I work with some lovely people though and that makes all the difference. I’m in the north west of England now and the amount of rain is an eye opener! Originally from near Heathrow. I lived for a number of years in Geelong so know Ballarat.
  6. Amber Snowball

    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    Makes sense. Didn’t expect to develop it after a relatively short time there! I really struggle now placing where people are from. The celtic areas can be particularly interchangeable to me!
  7. Amber Snowball

    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    I have sympathy with the accent thing now. Having lived in Oz for 13 years I now find it hard to differentiate between a lot of accents. Completely lost my ear for it.
  8. Amber Snowball

    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    I always thought there was a lot of street furniture in the way of signs and instructions! No time to read them all when driving! I was frequently asked if I was from Liverpool. I was born and raised right by Heathrow. I gave up in end and just said “yes, south Liverpool “ . Not a total lie! Have the best time Lavers, I’m excited for you!
  9. Amber Snowball

    Advice on Paperwork and Getting Organised for a move back to UK

    I needed proof of address to register. Wasn’t happening without a utility bill or council tax bill. Same for my mum as well. It was very stressful to begin with as she didn’t have a permanent address and needed ongoing treatment. Luckily an ophthalmologist took her on and treated her for free and then when she had an address and then a GP he put the claim in to the CCG then, so we didn’t have to pay privately. Really grateful they did that. Bit of compassion goes a long way. We have families we know live in the middle east come back and get their children vaccinated on the nhs. Global health would see this as a good thing. GPs do it as they get paid for immunisations. In fairness some GPs do police their lists quite well but if families have accepted documents with a UK address on it the GP will register them and see them. Staff only have so much time to devote to this I suppose.
  10. Amber Snowball

    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    Good to hear you are getting out! For me, probably not you, your month of quarantine has flown! The thing that really foxed me initially driving in Aus was the park with the flow of traffic, no crossing the road to park facing it and then crossing back across when you leave thing, Took me ages to remember that. Now I’m back in the UK I struggle with the idea I’m allowed to do it! Also, when turning at lights on a green light pedestrians crossing the road on the side road can sometimes have right of way! Caused a few issues both as a pedestrian and driver in the early days! You might be all across these things and more easily adaptable than me! Have fun!
  11. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    Amazing isn’t it. Gone so quickly. Thanks Toots, I hope so too!
  12. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    I know. Has gone so fast. I haven’t cut back yet but think it is coming. I keep hoping I’ll start to feel better. I have some reasonable adjustments in place and with Covid I’m working from home but not sure they’ll keep the reduced workflow for very long, so might have to reduce then. For now I’m hanging on!
  13. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    Good luck with your move back. It’s not utopia here but not all bad either! I’ve been back 2 years now, can’t believe it, and I think it’s going ok. I was diagnosed with a long term condition at Christmas which may mean I have to cut back my hours in the nhs and tbh I feel sick thinking about the situation I would probably have been in had I stayed in Australia with this happening. I would have had an increased mortgage and would be struggling I think. The NHS is one messed up organisation! But you know that!
  14. Amber Snowball

    G2G pass inquiry

    Seems daft only applying it to skilled visas during this time.
  15. Amber Snowball

    Impossible decision

    Go Hayley Gee! Good luck and keep us updated. I made the move in mid 2018 and not regretted it. Have some days where I question my decision but just rose tints rather than reality! Soon passes.