Mr A. Turrell

Location: Nottinghamshire

"I did a PHD and became a Senior Lecturer after years in university, I then went on to work for the NHS specialising in Neurology, Neuro Surgery and Trauma which is where, ironically, I am now treated.

I now have a Third Party Arrangement, so that I don't have to worry about how to recruit staff, do payroll, as although I am well qualified, my illness has left me with cognitive problems such as poor memory and poor organisation skills.

Having a Personal Health Budget has changed my life in many ways. I don't have to go into residential care anymore and can visit the hospital a lot less. It means I can chose my own staff, and even have a carer in Wales, as I have a chalet there and like to visit during the Spring and Summer. I can visit friends and family too, it adds 'life to years not years to life'. It helps me not to be defined by my illness."

- Been with Solo Support Services for 2 years