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Peer review and peer discussion groups

Peer review

Peer review groups offer an environment in which registrants can engage in case-based discussion with a group of four to eight peers, which will help them to consider their own decision-making and record-keeping. We hope registrants will become more aware of best practice and areas for improvement, raising standards across the profession.

Registrants in clinical practice may choose to use their own case records. Alternatively, example case records can be used, ensuring registrants not currently in clinical practice can also benefit from these sessions.


The following types of peer review will be CET-accredited:

1. The traditional peer review group where a small group of registrants bring their own cases for discussion, with one registrant nominated to organise and lead the event.

2. A structured case-based discussion with up to eight peers in the same room, using example cases led by a facilitator. The facilitator will ensure each individual participates and helps the group make a link to their own practice.


Information on peer discussion and review groups

Facilitators of a peer discussion can gain 1 CET point and facilitators of a peer review group can gain 3 CET points.

Peer discussion groups must be approved in advance. We will require to know the date and location of the event, list of participants, nominated discussion leader and topic or scenario for discussion.

In order to gain peer review points, individual registrants will be expected to record their learning from the session in their MyGOC account. By providing a reflection statement, we hope it will encourage practitioners to relate their learning to their own scope of practice.

We recognise that there may be exceptional cases where a registrant experiences difficulty in physically attending a review group. Where a registrant can demonstrate exceptional circumstances the GOC may consider permitting participation via online real-time audio and video services. Online groups will need to be arranged through an approved provider trained in the use of this technology.

Peer Review Toolkit

Acrobat Reader icon Peer Review Requirements 2012  

Peer Review reflective learning statement Peer Review reflective learning statement

Acrobat Reader icon Attendance Sheet for Peer Review and Discussion Events  

Acrobat Reader icon Guidance for Facilitators

Acrobat Reader icon Guidance for Peer Discussion Groups

 

Some organisations offer pre-approved case studies for use in peer review / discussion events. For more information visit their websites:

http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/CPD/CPD-materials/peer-discussions/index.cfm
http://www.docet.info/cms/peer-disc/index.cfm
 

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