The Medical Royal Colleges are committed to enabling healthcare providers to deliver the highest standards of patient care. The delivery of good care is not always straightforward – there are daily challenges for healthcare professionals, the teams they work in and the strategic design of networks.

A Royal College invited review can provide a provider, commissioner or service planner with expert independent and cost effective advice in a confidential report.

Invited reviews offer a reliable, trustworthy peer review processes based on standards and focusing on patient safety. They support, but do not replace, existing procedures for managing performance.

The nature of the services offered vary depending on the Royal College or professional body. Summarising, Service Reviews can include advice and assurance on matters of service safety and quality, achieving service  improvement and best practice in service design or multi-site reconfiguration. Areas that an invited service review might focus on include:

  • Reviewing concerns that have been raised about a service
  • Examining issues underlying a pattern of serious untoward incidents or never events
  • Analysing a service’s outcome data and advising on improvement
  • Assessing services against national or local specialty standards and guidance
  • Team working, leadership and workforce
  • Helping plan for service configuration including working across networks and care pathways

 

Individual Reviews explore concerns about any aspect of an individual’s practice and provide advice on how any problems identified can be addressed. We work closely with NHS Resolution’s Practitioner Performance Advice Service. The scope of individual reviews can include:

  • An individual’s volume and range of clinical activity
  • Their standard of clinical decision making and providing or recommending treatment
  • The quality of team working they have demonstrated in their clinical practice
  • Their level of engagement with clinical governance systems.

Clinical Record Reviews provide an independent, expert opinion on the management of one or more episodes of patient care and whether this meets expected standards. These could include:

  • Cases identified as potentially being of concern, either by staff or from patient complaints
  • A strategic selection of cases, such as all of a service’s recent complications or deaths
  • A group of randomly selected cases, offering an overall representation of an individual or a service’s scope of
    practice.

Each invited review is tailored to the specific requirements of the circumstances involved, for example a clinical record review element can be included as part an individual or service review. Terms of reference for a review will be agreed between the referring organisations and the College involved, to ensure that the scope of what is to be covered is clear and commonly understood.

For more information on services provided please contact the relevant College using the details below.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS


Covers:
Structural Reviews, service reviews, other types of  reviews will be provided bespoke at the discretion of the Invited
Review oversight group.

Contact: Emily Basra
Tel: 020 7092 1576
email: invitedreviews@rcoa.ac.uk
Web: www.rcoa.ac.uk/invitedreviews

ROYAL COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE


Covers:
Service reviews

Contact: Sam McIntyre
Tel: 020 7067 1269
email: Sam.McIntyre@rcem.ac.uk
Web: www.rcem.ac.uk/RCEM/Quality-Policy/Professional_Affairs/Service_Design_Delivery

ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS


Covers:
No service at present

Contact: Mat Lawson
Tel: 020 3188 7608
email: Mat.Lawson@rcgp.org.uk
Web: www.rcgp.org.uk

ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS


Covers:
Service reviews, case note reviews

Contact: Farrah Pradhan
Tel: 020 7772 6240
email: invitedreviews@rcog.org.uk
Web: www.rcog.org.uk/en/about-us/invited-review-policy

ROYAL COLLEGE OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS


Covers:
Service reviews, case note reviews, individual reviews

Contact: Jonathan Baker
Tel: 020 3770 5331
email: jonathan.baker@rcophth.ac.uk
Web: www.rcophth.ac.uk/invited-service-reviews

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH


Covers:
Individual, service design and case note reviews

Contact:
Sue Eardley
Tel: 020 70926091
email: Invited.reviews@rcpch.ac.uk
Web: www.rcpch.ac.uk/invitedreviews

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PATHOLOGISTS


Covers:
Individual and service reviews

Contact:
Shane Johns
Tel: 020 7451 6732
email: professionalism@rcpath.org
Web: www.rcpath.org/profession/protecting-patient-safety/ourinvited-reviews-service.html

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS


Covers:
Individual, service and case note reviews

Contact:
Gen Grainger​
Tel: 0203 3701 2583
email: irs@rcpsych.ac.uk
Web: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/improving-care/invited-review-service

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS


Covers:
Individual, service and case note reviews

Contact
: Jazz Sidhu
Tel: 020 3075 2383
email: ISR@rcplondon.ac.uk
Web: www.rcplondon.ac.uk/invited-service-reviews

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF EDINBURGH (& MANCHESTER)


Covers:
Service design and case note reviews

Contact:
Sushee Dunn
Tel: 0131 247 3615
email: s.dunn@rcpe.ac.uk
Web: www.rcpe.ac.uk/college/promoting-highest-clinicalstandards

ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS


Covers:
Service reviews

Contact:
Sandra Holmes
Tel: 020 7406 5921
email: Sandra_holmes@rcr.ac.uk
Web: www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/service-delivery/servicereview

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF EDINBURGH


Covers:
Individual and Service Reviews

Contact:
Chris Sanderson / Jo Woodward
Tel: 0131 527 1653
email: standards@rcsed.ac.uk
Web: www.rcsed.ac.uk/professional-support-developmentresources/career-support/invited-reviews

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND


Covers:
Individual, service, design and case note reviews

Contact:
Alexandra Burton
Tel: 020 7869 6238
email: irm@rcseng.ac.uk
Web: www.rcseng.ac.uk/irm