Professional standards, public protection and the administration of justice

Authored by: Alan Kershaw

Handbook of Forensic Science

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9781843923121
eBook ISBN: 9781843927327
Adobe ISBN: 9781134028634


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Alan Kershaw’s career has been in administrative management, specialising since 1983 in professional regulation. For 16 years he worked at the General Medical Council, dealing with all aspects of the regulatory business and focusing on the definition, description and delivery of high-quality professional standards. His culminating position was as Director of Education and Standards. Between 1999 and 2007 he worked as Chief Executive of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners, whose work he describes in Chapter 20 of this book. Since the late 1990s he has served as a lay member on the boards of several premier regulatory bodies, including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He helped to found the General Osteopathic Council and authored Pursuing Excellence, its Code of Conduct for registered osteopaths. At present he holds a number of lay member positions, primarily the Chairmanship of ILEX Professional Standards Ltd, the regulatory arm of the Institute of Legal Executives. In all he has been involved in standards setting for some 35 professional groups, has published numerous articles on the subject in professional journals and has delivered papers at national and international conferences.

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