Being a director of children’s or adults social services in local government is like playing Russian Roulette with the addition that every so often the government puts another bullet in the chamber. If you hold your nerve the odds are you will survive but with every spin of the chamber comes the fear that this time your luck may run out. The average tenure of a local authority chief executive is rapidly approaching that of NHS chief executives, 18 months, but Its hard to give up the adrenaline rush.
As the trigger is squeezed and the hammer comes down on an empty chamber the relief is only temporary their will be another spin.
Blair McPherson former director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk