This page contains guidance for HTAS peer
reviewers, as well as information on how to become a peer
As part of the accreditation process, each
home treatment team receives a peer review from a team made up
of clinicians from other member teams, as well as a service
user and/or carer and a member of the HTAS team.
For more information on the accreditation
process, visit our How accreditation
Why become a peer reviewer?
- A valuable learning opportunity
Being a peer reviewer gives you the chance to visit
other teams in the UK, and for home treatment team
staff and clinicians this means becoming part of a
network where you can share ideas and resources
and giving you the opportunity to see how diverse
other teams work. Staff and clinicians who have taken
part in peer reviews for other accreditation schemes have said
that they value the experience, particularly in preparation for
their own peer review visit.
- To facilitate your own peer review visit
As part of the agreement of joining, member teams are
required to nominate 2 staff to become peer reviewers.
Bear in mind that your team will receive a visit from at
least 2 clinician peer reviewers every 3 years, so you
should provide at least 2 reviewers every 3 years in
order to keep the programme running fairly and efficiently.
As a service user or a carer, you will
become part of a programme which aims to improve the quality of
crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK. We want
to improve the experience of people like you who use these services
and as part of that, your views are vital.
Who can become a peer reviewer?
- People who work in a crisis resolution/home
treatment team which is a member of HTAS.
- People who have received care from a
crisis resolution or home treatment team, or people with experience
of caring for someone who has received treatment from a crisis
resolution or home treatment team.
How do I become a peer reviewer?
You will need to be trained in peer reviewing. Dates of
upcoming peer review training days are listed below. Contact
your HTAS lead, your home treatment team or
the HTAS Team to
register your interest.
If there are no dates listed, we will take
your details and contact you as soon as a new date is
What does the training involve?
- Training to become a peer reviewer takes one
day and is free
- The training day is structured like a peer
review day and involves some role play (delivered by the HTAS
team!) to give you an idea of how the peer review visit
works, as well as guidance and group exercises.
- Training days are eligible for your CPD
- For service users and carers, we will book or reimburse travel,
as well as paying a session fee of £100/day for training.
When is your next training day?
We currently have no forthcoming training dates, but we usually
provide 2 sessions per year.
To receive details about upcoming training days, please contact the HTAS
How can I find out where and when the visits are?
- Once you are trained you are required to attend at
least one peer review, however, you can choose which review(s) you
would like to attend. We rely on volunteers and will not
allocate people to reviews they don't want to attend.
- We will send you an email with possible dates to choose from;
usually these will be several months in advance.
- Depending on distance, sometimes an overnight stay is necessary
the night before a review.
What about expenses?
Professionals and clinicians
Professionals and clinicians should seek reimbursement for
travel, accommodation and other expenses from their own
Trust/organisation. HTAS will not pay expenses for
professionals and clinicians.
Service users and carers
HTAS will pay a session fee of £100 per day to service
users and carers who attend our reviews, as well as reimbursement
of travel and subsistence (see below).
Travel and accommodation
- The HTAS team reimburses all reasonable travel and
expenses for service users and carers attending peer reviews,
including meals and accommodation for overnight stays if these
cannot be claimed elsewhere. You must retain all
receipts/tickets to support your expense claim, including taxi
- We will book travel (trains etc.) and accommodation in
advance on your behalf wherever possible. The College is part
of the 10:10
campaign to reduce carbon emissions and as part of this we
encourage you to travel by public transport as much as
- If you would like us to book travel and/or
accommodation for you, a member of the HTAS
team should be notified at least 3 weeks in advance
- If a ticket is bought by the reviewer
on the day, we will only be able to refund the cost up to
the price of an advance ticket
- If you choose to drive, HTAS will
refund petrol costs at 40p/mile up to the price of an advance
Reimbursement of alcohol
Please be advised that HATS will only reimburse you the
cost of one alcoholic beverage per day whilst on review.
This is to be consumed with your dinner (for which you are
permitted to claim a maximum of £25).
Any further alcoholic beverages will be purchased by
yourself at your own discretion.
Information for service users and carers
For more detailed information for service users and carers about
peer reviews, please click on the link below to download our 'Job
Who attends a peer review visit?
- Each peer review team is made up of two
clinicians/staff members and a service user and/or carer, as well
as a representative from the HTAS team.
- The two clinicians/staff will be from different home treatment
teams participating in HTAS. However, service
users or carers may attend reviews with a staff member who
they know from their own team.
- The peer review team members must not be from within the same
Trust as the team under review.
What happens on a peer review visit?
- The purpose of a peer review is to validate the self review
data - taken from questionnaires filled in by all kinds of
people who have contact with the service. These
data are put together in a peer review booklet which is easy to
- A review takes place from 11am - 5pm.
- A series of meetings take place on a peer review day with staff
from the host team
- A scribe can be appointed to take notes in their peer review
booklet in each meeting, or the team can share this
- Lunch and refreshments are provided by the hosts.
- At the end of the day, the review team must decide whether each
standard should be rated as Met or Not Met and submit their notes
to the HTAS team.
What does the lead reviewer do?
The lead reviewer is the head of the team and has a few extra
- Getting in touch with the rest of the review team and the host
team, before the review, to introduce themselves
and offer to answer any queries. This is a good
opportunity to exchange mobile phone numbers in case of an
emergency or late running.
- Welcoming the host team at the introductory meeting, explaining
a bit about the scheme, the process and asking for
introductions. Guidance on what to say is in the peer review
guidance document you will have been supplied with.
- The lead reviewer can choose to lead discussion about the
peer review booklet during the meetings themselves, or share this
- At the end of the day, they collect in all the peer review
booklets from the rest of the team, compile the comments into one
booklet and return all the copies, including notes from the service
user and carer meetings, to the HTAS team within
3 working days.
- They can also send a courtesy email to the review team and host
team after the review, to thank them again.
- Remember that a member of the HTAS
team is on hand to take over, or offer assistance or support if
you need it.
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