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 review started in July 2019.
The BSPED has now begun a Virtual Peer Review process, which started with reviews of Oxford and Belfast in early 2021. We are excited that a number of centres have come forward to be reviewed throughout 2021. We welcome all other centres to contact the BSPED office if they are interested. For those who would like to know how the BSPED has established an international benchmark in ensuring the quality of paediatric endocrinology services through peer review, please read the recent publication in Hormone Research: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33789302/
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.
The following documents and forms are available to help paediatric endocrine centres in the peer review process and can be requested by contacting the BSPED office (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- A BSPED Peer Review Centre Guidance Document
- A voice-over PowerPoint training guide for Peer Reviewers
- BSPED peer review form - for conducting the peer review.