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Article: Volume 13 Number 3 Page 141 - July 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 141-144

Orthodontics:  The South Wales Peer Review Group: A Case Study in Collaboration Part 1

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Abstract: In this two-part article a novel case study is presented of how peer group collaboration, facilitated through digital technology, can be used to aid and facilitate the development of strategies for overcoming work-based challenges. Part 1 illustrates the importance of peer review in dentistry, introduces the inception of the South Wales Peer Review Group and explores the process of assembling the team of collaborators. Part 2 explains how the various considerations were assessed, how the collaborative ideas evolved and what outcomes were agreed.

Clinical relevance: During the COVID-19 pandemic, new strategies and protocols need to be developed to adhere to emerging and changing guidelines. The process of peer group collaboration is important for shaping the new service beyond the pandemic.

Author notes: Nizar Mhani, BSc, BDS, MScD MFDS, MOrth FDS Orth, MPhil, Consultant, Honorary Lecturer and Founder of SWPRG, Royal Gwent Hospital, Nevill Hall Hospital, Peter Fowler, BDS, MSc, PhD, MOrth RCS, FRACDS(Orth), Consultant, Senior Lecturer, Graduate Program Director, Bristol Dental Hospital, Benjamin Lewis, BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MClinDent, MOrthRCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Orth), Consultant, Wrexham and Glan Clywd, Carlen Chandler, DDS(UWI), MFDS(RCSEd), MOrth(RCSEd), MRACSDS(Orth), Senior Clinical Teacher, Cardiff University, Aman Ulhaq, BDS, MFDS MSc, MOrth FDS Orth, Consultant, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Christine Smith, BDS, MFDS, MSc, MOrth, Specialist in Orthodontics, Dublin/Meath, Julie Williams, Consultant, BDS, DDS MOrth, FDS MFDT, CertEd FHEA, MA Training Programme Director, South West England, Stefan Abela, BChD, MFDS RCSEng, MSc, MOrth RCSEd, GCAP AHEA, FDSOrth RCSEd, Consultant, South East England and Upen Vithlani, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), Principal Dentist and Director, Leamington Spa, UK.

Objective: To demonstrate the importance of peer group collaboration for shaping the new service beyond the pandemic.