About

ERA Training & Consultancy Ltd

Registered in England, No. 08713170

Who are we?

ERA Training & Consultancy was set up by Dr Guy Lightfoot on his retirement in 2013 from his appointment as Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

 

Guy Lightfoot worked in adult diagnostic audiology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital from 1976 to 2013. Until March 2014 he worked as a member of the NHSP Clinical Group, responsible for developing and updating national guidance for newborn ABR testing, spending most of his NHSP time peer reviewing and mentoring ABR testers.  From April 2014 those activities have been beyond the remit of NHSP - see the Other Services section.

Guy is on the Council of the IERASG and the steering group of the British Society of Audiology electrophysiology special interest group. He is a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a member of the Science Council. His previous responsibilities include Chief Examiner of the British CAC scheme and the Continuing Professional Development Co-ordinator and Board member for the British Academy of Audiology.

Guy's other interests include advanced driving, helping IAM RoadSmart associates prepare for their advanced driving test. He recently passed the IAM "Masters" test with distinction.

Main Activity

ERA Training & Consultancy's principal focus is to facilitate the continuation of the successful ERA training course and it's sibling, the Newborn ABR course.


Course details are available on the Courses page.

Other Services

ERA Training & Consultancy will consider comissions from UK health bodies for training, mentoring and peer review of ABR services. We now have a separate web site to cater for ABR Peer Review and related services.

These services include training & accreditation in peer reviewing ABR tests conduced by other staff and the provision of indipendent expert peer review & advice serve, based on clinical support vouchers.


Guy has had a long interest in cortical ERA testing of adults and has a web site devoted to the promotion of this technique.

The use of cortical ERA in testing medico-legal cases continues to be offered at the Royal Liverpool Hospital by Vicki Kennedy, using equipment and methods developed by Guy.

ERA Course

(5 days)

• The origin and characteristics of  AEPs & OAEs

• Instrumentation requirements

• Basic methodology

• Stimulus calibration

• BSA ABR guidance and interpretation advice

• ABR techniques (+practicals)

• ACR techniques (+practical)

• OAE techniques (+practical)

• ASSR techniques (+practical)

• Tests for auditory neuropathy

• VEMP testing

• Efficient Clinical Strategies

• Masking

• Waveform interpretation

• Case studies & discussions

• Errors & their avoidance

• Peer Review

• Emerging techniques


Newborn ABR Course

(3 days)

• BSA ABR guidance and interpretation advice

• Stimulus Calibration

• AC threshold ABR (+practical)

• BC threshold ABR (+practical)

• ASSR tests (+practical)

• Tests for auditory neuropathy

• Efficient Clinical Strategies

• Errors & their avoidance

• Masking

• Waveform interpretation

• Reporting

• Peer Review

• Case studies & discussions


Newborn ABR Refresher Day

• BSA ABR guidance and interpretation

• Waveform interpretation

• Peer Review Exercise

• Errors & their avoidance

• Masking

• Tests for auditory neuropathy

• Further testing & Case Management

• Efficient Clinical Strategies