A peer is someone who is registered as an oral health practitioner. Peer groups should consist of those in the same scope of practice but may include those from different scopes.
Peer groups may therefore include other registered oral health practitioners such as dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dentists and others affiliated to dentistry such as practice managers and dental assistants.
Peer contact within the context of CPD is defined as ‘interactive’ contact between peers with the specific objective of professional development.
CPD peer meeting guidelines
- Peer groups should comprise 6-10 members
- The group should decide the frequency of meetings, but a minimum of four meetings per year is recommended
- The venue should move around amongst the group
- The host generally facilitates the meeting
- Set a strict time limit
- Meetings must be constructive and educational to qualify for verification
- Establish the principle of no direct criticism of a colleague
- Patient confidentiality must be maintained
- All participants should be encouraged to contribute
- Peer groups should produce frank and constructive discussion that advances the group’s professional knowledge and skills
- A feedback session should conclude each meeting
- Peer groups can also provide social support, growth in the professional role and solidarity, within an educational and professional structure