The role of continuing professional development (CPD) is increasingly crucial for regulators, educationalists and the healthcare profession. In terms of continued fitness to practise and patient safety, as well as maintaining professional standards, a more thoughtful, evidence-based and transparent approach should be considered. This book provides a concise overview of the literature whilst drawing on doctors' experiences, offering a practical approach to managing CPD. The systematic method ensures the interests of the service and regulators are met whilst enhancing the importance of high quality patient care and the needs of doctors as individuals. It focuses on the following key aspects: Relating CPD to the needs of the changing and developing health care service Ensuring the personal and professional development of the individual doctor Providing an accountable and transparent system which can be used for regulatory, quality assurance, revalidation and relicensure purposes. This guide is vital for all leaders in post-graduate medical education. It is also highly recommended for policy makers and shapers within healthcare organisations such as the General Medical Council and the Care Quality Commission.