Data Privacy Statement

Why is auditing important?

Peer review needs to be a key part of the delivery and monitoring of any service or activity and those involved need to demonstrate that this element of monitoring and learning is integral to the process of compliance with fundamental standards and of improvement.

The programme adheres to a number of the founding principles of peer review:

  • An emphasis on being clinically led
  • International consistency in the delivery of the programme
  • A focus on improvement
  • A focus on system and services within and across organisations to ensure co-ordination of patient care
  • A focus on coordination of patient pathways
  • Peer on peer review

Aims and Outcomes of the SWEET Peer Review Programme

The SWEET Programme aims to improve care for children and young people and their families affected by paediatric diabetes by:


Ensuring services are as safe as possible;


Improving the quality and effectiveness of care;


Improving the patient and carer experience;


Undertaking independent, fair reviews of services;


Providing development and learning for all involved;


Encouraging the dissemination of good practice.

The outcomes of the SWEET Peer Review Programme are:


Confirmation of the quality of paediatric diabetic services;


speedy identification of major shortcomings in the quality of paediatric diabetic services where they occur so that rectification can take place;


published reports that provide accessible public information about the quality of paediatric diabetic services;


validated information which is available to other stakeholders

The Peer Review Programme should be conducted in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation between the Paediatric Diabetic Centres and the review teams.

Statements for audited centers - Peer Review can make a difference!
'Being reviewed by your peers is a powerful agent for change:'

“The visit helped to improve the team work, reinforce clinical, scientific & educational goals in our centre and catch the attention of the administration, reminding them of the urgent need for additional staff.”

“It allowed us to get an external perspective of our centre. It made us realise that we have some good qualities that we should enhance. It was a catalyst to make some changes: we had a nurse rotation system which we didn’t agree with, and this rotation ended after the Sweet visit!”

“We work as part of a large international network and feel the responsibility of developing as a team and as a centre with a final goal: improve care and quality of life of our children and young people with diabetes.”

‘Provides an opportunity for self-reflection, external comment & facilitates change.’

“We found a solution with IT to make the data collection easier and faster than before since we have a huge amount of data.”

“We have let our hospital board members know about how our diabetes centre is positioned in terms of clinical structure and use of technology using the information provided by reviewers.”

“We increased the frequency of the meetings for discussion of clinical cases.”

“HBA1c levels are decreasing.”

“Our Unit’s Facebook page was created, in order to be closer to our patients.”

“Nurse’s backup improved.”

“One more Paediatric Endocrinologist was hired.”

“Two young and motivated medical doctors joined our team.”

“We have designed a plan to increase the number of pump start-ups.”

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