Have you thought about becoming a peer reviewer? There are many reasons why you might want to do so.
- Being a peer reviewer gives you the chance to visit and assess other services similar to your own, and to become part of a dynamic network where you can share ideas, examples of best practice, new innovative work and resources.
- It also gives you the opportunity to see how other services work as part of your professional and personal development.
- The peer review allows you to reflect on your own service and take learning back, which facilitates improvement for everyone involved.
- You can share good practice from your own service, learn from other peer reviewers, and find out how the service being reviewed meets certain standards you may be struggling with.
- Peer reviews foster a culture of openness and learning in services leading to improvements in all aspects of delivery and workforce development.
- It helps professionals to forge links with colleagues, leading to joint working locally, across regions and nationally. It also Improves collaborative working among multi-disciplinary professionals, enabling reviewers to recognise and respect each other’s different perspectives as part of the process.
- Attending reviews is also a good way to learn more about the network and the quality standards used to review and accredit services. And many of our professional reviewers really value this experience in preparation for their own peer reviews.
- Participation in peer review can be used as evidence of quality improvement activity as part of revalidation. This includes participation as a peer reviewer at the review of other services.
- If you participate in a peer review you can claim 1 CPD point per hour of activity, subject to peer group approval.