The BSPED’s national Peer Review programme was initiated in 2011 and completed in 2017 for all 22 tertiary centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The process entailed two stages. Initially each centre completed a self-evaluation. Thereafter a team of BSPED reviewers visited the centre on one day and independently evaluated the service against the BSPED Standards. These standards were developed by the BSPED Clinical Committee in 2010 and took into account Endocrine standards that were published as part of the Children’s and Young Persons Specialist Services Project (CYPSSP) in Wales and proposed standards for Scotland. The five standards cover all areas of Paediatric Endocrinology and comprise 54 essential and desirable criteria:
- Access to specialised paediatric endocrine services
- Resources of specialised paediatric endocrine services
- Environment and facilities, care of the child and family/patient experience
- Clinical governance, professional education, training and evidence base
The BSPED Peer Review Task Force, led by the Peer Review Officer Prof Leena Patel and Dr John Schulga, are currently reviewing the outcomes and future strategy.