Peer groups provide an opportunity for groups of dentists and dental care professionals to review aspects of practice.
Peer review activities are considered part of all dental professionals' compulsory continuing professional development (CPD). All registered dental professionals are required to complete CPD in order to maintain their registration. The General Dental Council (GDC) requires all registrants to keep a written record of CPD activity, and to produce this record if requested. Use of this peer review framework will provide verifiable CPD that meets the requirements of the GDC CPD scheme for those who fully engage and participate.
The aim of peer review is to share experiences and identify areas in which changes can be made with the objective of improving the quality of service offered to patients. It is for dental professionals to take the initiative in contacting their peers in other practices to form a peer review group. One dental professional should act as the Organiser for the group.
The expected outcome of peer review group meetings is a sustainable improvement in dental service and care for patients.
In 2018 the GDC commissioned a review of the literature on CPD.
The report identified multiple references to the benefits of peer review learning. The key points are summarised here;
Benefits of peer groups:
To make the most of peer learning, each member should make the following commitments to the peer group:
The Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) dental quality improvement (QI) officer will send you templates for all of the above.
If you have any questions setting up your peer review group please contact your local QI tutor or for general enquiries please contact HEIW.DentalQI@wales.nhs.uk.