ABR Peer Review 

       A Division of ERA Training & Consultancy Ltd                    Registered in England, No. 08713170

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Our Services

There are various aspects of ABR peer review and we would be happy to explore how we can help meet your particular needs.

Peer Reviewer training & accreditation

We operate the scheme originally developed by NHSP.

It uses a carefully selected set of real newborn ABR cases in which there are issues of test strategy, interpretation, reporting or future management. Five discharge and 5 non-discharge ABR cases must be reviewed to a satisfactory standard to achieve accreditation. Feedback is given on review shortcomings.

No existing Peer Review arrangements?

For departments that do not yet have an infrastructure for ABR  peer review, we offer a direct peer review service, meeting the national peer review guidance, thus allowing you to meet this aspect of the ABR services commissioning specification.

Existing Peer Review Groups

Departments that already use the generic NHSP peer review model will want to demonstrate maintenance of reviewer standards by arranging periodic moderation of their reviewers. This can be arranged per reviewer or for an entire peer review group.

These groups will issue a report of their annual audit; we can assist your coordinator in the preparation of your audit report.

Other Services

We hope to be able to offer non-peer review technical advice (i.e. not relating to specific cases) without charge. This may include manufacturer-independent general technical advice, guidance on calibration, clarification of NHSP ABR guidelines and tools (e.g. the noise calculator). As this is not related to peer review, please use the Contact Us form on the ERA Training & Consultancy web site.

How does it work?

Some of our services (e.g. reviewer accreditation) have a set fee but most use our Support Voucher scheme, allowing support to be called upon when needed.

For services not covered below (e.g. bespoke on-site training) please contact us detailing your needs.

The Support Voucher Scheme

Services covered by the scheme include specialist advice on individual clinical cases, direct peer review of individual cases, moderation of locally reviewed cases etc. Support Vouchers (SVs) may be purchased in advance, in blocks of 10 and when support is needed, the voucher number(s) are quoted in the enquiry email or phone call. Each SV covers up to approximately 15 minutes of work. For example one SV would cover the peer review or moderation of a discharge test or a straightforward non-discharge test session and two SVs a more complex non-discharge test session. You control costs and decide on the selection of cases.

When purchasing SVs for the first time, the department manager or lead clinician is asked to sign an agreement between us, coving the scope and conditions of the scheme. SVs apply to the purchasing department unless otherwise agreed and can be used only by staff named in the agreement.

SVs remain valid until used but expire after 24 months if unused.  Please use the Contact Us page for further information.

Legal Stuff: ERA Training & Consultancy Ltd (ERATC), its Division ABR Peer Review, Directors and Consultants working on their behalf offer advice, peer review services and guidance in good faith and intended to reflect best clinical practice, based on current NHSP national guidance. However the responsibility for the correct diagnosis and management of individual patients must remain with the NHS Trust in which they were seen. ERATC can accept no responsibility for any errors of diagnosis or management of patients resulting from advice given by them or on their behalf.