The role of peer assessment and peer review in nursing

Br J Nurs. 2001 Jan 25-Feb 7;10(2):115-21. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2001.10.2.5394.


With the implementation of clinical governance and professional self-regulation, substantial responsibility is devolved on to clinical nurses. Central to these two concepts is accountability for practice. We are accountable for our professional competence and knowledge to various parties such as the professional statutory body, the employer, society as well as ourselves. Although self-assessment provides each individual with a medium for ascertaining his/her own level of performance and, therefore, identifying his/her learning needs, peer review and peer assessment provide healthy means for obtaining feedback and external perceptions. They also bring with them several other benefits and meet other recommended professional requirements. Peer review is an intrinsic component of clinical governance, and it can be initiated and implemented at one-to-one, departmental or organizational level.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Employee Performance Appraisal / methods*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Staff / education*
  • Nursing Staff / standards*
  • Peer Review, Health Care / methods*
  • Peer Review, Health Care / standards
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Self-Assessment