Continuing professional development (CPD) has always been used by the major professional bodies to maintain their members' level of competence and standards of practice. Now, however, professionals and the public sector look to CPD to help strengthen their presence in the market place and enhance their professional standing. This in-depth book focuses on CPD in practice, presenting a range of CPD systems from different professions. International in its scope, the book examines the background to CPD, provides a review of current opinion and an examination of the links to current developments, such as the competency movement. The contributors consider all the main issues involved in setting up and managing a CPD programme and provide examples of good practice. 13 personal case histories are included from a range of areas.