The BSPED’s national Peer Review programme was initiated in 2011 and the first round of review was completed in 2017 for all 22 tertiary centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Following a revision of the UK Standards for Paediatric Endocrinology and endorsement by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the second round of BSPED peer reviews has started in July 2019.
The peer-review is a formative assessment of the following domains of paediatric endocrine care:
- 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 new peer review is based on the previous format i.e. a Self-Assessment questionnaire and a Centre review with objective references to the 2019 standards. A BSPED Peer Review Centre Guidance Document is available to help paediatric endocrine centres prepare for their peer review.