How interdepartmental peer review works
Each visit will be on a voluntary basis and will aim to support endocrinologists in the centres.
Four reviewers from different areas of the country will undertake each visit. The four reviewers will usually be two senior clinical consultant endocrinologists and two endocrine nurses, however occasionally this may be three endocrinologists and one nurse depending on the centre.
The visit will take one to two days -depending on the number of linked hospitals visited. The Clinical Endocrinology Trust has previously generously provided a grant for the early pilot visits, and the Society for Endocrinology are now responsible for funding the scheme. It is hoped that all UK endocrine centres offering specialist endocrinology will wish to become involved in due course.
Peer review can support changes most wanted by endocrine units. It is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on your practice and benchmark against other centres, allowing sharing of good practice. It provides a platform to reassure patients that there has been external validation, and to promote the services within the trust. Reviewing services when a new consultant joins the department can be an ideal moment to help enable change, but is also very useful after a period of stability.
The visit report should provide ‘levers for improvement’; for example, highlighting needs for consultant expansion or specialist nurse provision and assist in negotiations with management. The report will also provide useful information for clinical governance and consultant revalidation purposes. It will provide examples of good practice and allow the opportunity to share these with the wider endocrine community.