Inspection is not a job for life

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|John Burton reflects on the pros and cons of different ways of working ­ and how they may have implications for life under the National Care Standards Commission| Shortly before Christmas my short-term contract with a local authority inspection unit came to its end. I had a fascinating year, learning a lot, working with a team of people I like and respect, and, I hope, giving a fair bit back both to my colleagues and to the homes I was inspecting. Now I¹m thrown back on my own resources with half an eye on the job adverts. I have been a freelancer for most of the last 13 years, and, contrary to popular belief, it¹s quite a hard life. When you¹re working you are generally well paid but, of course, most of the time you are not “working” as such. If you are a freelancer no one pays you to read and research, to write and think, or to spend days ­ sometimes weeks ­ preparing a course. As many readers who manage their own businesses will know, there are running costs, and they mount up. I¹ve just bought a n

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