Peer Review

Peer Review

The NES approach defines peer review as the external evaluation of one element of an individual's performance by trained colleagues using a validated review instrument to facilitate developmental feedback.

Evidence of participation in independent peer review by teams and individuals is now necessary to satisfy the governance requirements of some external bodies and is an effective means of identifying learning needs and confirming good practice, e.g. as part of quality accreditation, specialty training, professional appraisal and continuing professional development (CPD).

Although there are many types of peer review, a system of developmental review and feedback has been developed by NES. This educational approach enables clinicians, managers and healthcare teams to submit written reports of SEA and Criterion Audit for feedback from peer groups trained in the process.  


Participation in the NES peer review system can assist GPs and practice teams with:

Quality assured evidence for core categories in the Scottish appraisal system.

Independent, unbiased feedback to help drive change and improvement in practice.

Identifying learning needs and acting as a 'double-check' on standards and opportunities for rapid improvement within practice.


Click on the links below for more information on each peer review topic: 

Criterion Audit

Significant Event Analysis (SEA)


"I found the whole process very rewarding and I am glad I took part. External peer review is very useful as it is completely unbiased with no personal feelings towards the person doing the work".
Practice Manager, Glasgow
"Thank you for arranging this peer review which is always thought provoking. The feedback always encourages me to try a bit harder".
General Practitioner, Glasgow
"SEA is an excellent form of CPD activity. A formal report of this with external feedback is appropriate evidence for my portfolio.....".
Community Physiotherapist, Glasgow