Healthcare professionals working in footcare now have the opportunity to evaluate local services to reduce variations in care across the country using the new EDFN Peer Review tools.
The EDFN recently launched Peer Review tools online after combining Peer Review questions from England’s Clinical Networks to formulate a national, comprehensive online questionnaire.
There are two Peer Review questionnaires – one for foot protection teams (community/primary care foot services), and one for MDFT (secondary care services).
Respondents can give their thoughts on staff skills and knowledge, infrastructure, processes and patients, with MDFTs also able to comment on inpatient and outpatient services.
Consultant Podiatrist Richard Leigh, who chairs the EDFN, said: “We’re asking people to be honest as possible in their answers so that the Peer Review can be used positively to make changes and improvements where needed, and help to shape a consistent, high quality approach to footcare.”
The questions are available to download as a Word document from the EDFN website so that information can be sourced prior to starting the online data collection and discussed among foot protection service and multidisciplinary footcare teams.
The whole document must be completed, and it is unable to be paused or saved prior to completion, so ensure all data has been collected prior to submission.
The completed questionnaire can be saved as a PDF and shared for Peer Review with your local Network, commissioners, and other interested parties. The responses will also be submitted to the EDFN to enable the Network to find common issues which can be addressed to improve England’s footcare services.
Information will not be used in any other way, such as league tables.