Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises

About the course

The 2024 course is now fully booked. To be added to the database for details of next years course please email the CPD team cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

The Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises course has been developed by NHS TSET (the Technical Specialist Education and Training group) and is facilitated by the University of Leeds.

For more information about TSET, visit their website. 

What will I learn?
On this course you’ll examine the specific requirements for the provision of ventilation in healthcare premises and will discover the thinking behind current standards.

How will I benefit?
You’ll gain an excellent overview of specialised ventilation in healthcare within the evolving evidence base taught by national experts.

Who should attend?

Thank you for your interest in the SVHP course. Please note that places are limited to 36 delegates. To ensure a diverse range of participants from various roles and organisations, registrations will be pre-approved by the course director.

To enquire or register your interest please email the CPD team cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk.  Please wait for confirmation of approval from us before booking your place.

Anyone with an interest in the provision of ventilation for the healthcare sector will find this course of benefit, as it will inform you of your clients’ specific needs.

This course will take a holistic look at the need for ventilation in healthcare premises and how it can best be provided. It will, therefore, be of particular interest to you if you’re:

  • infection control personnel or team leader

  • an estates and facilities manager or other healthcare professional involved with the provision, performance or operation of specialised ventilation systems

  • wishing to become Authorising Engineers (Ventilation) AE(V) / Authorised Persons (Ventilation - AP(V)

  • an operating department manager

  • a capital project manager

  • a consulting engineer

  • a trust risk assessment manager

  • a project management group

  • an equipment manufacturer

  • a test and validation specialist


The course is delivered by a mix of presentations and group workshops. There will be a multiple choice quiz at the end of the course to provide proof of knowledge gained.

The course director will provide guidance on the appointment of Authorising Engineers (Ventilation) and the duties of Authorised and Competent persons. The role of outside contractors who provide annual inspection and verification services will also be examined.

The basis of guidance on specialised ventilation for healthcare premises is HTM03-01 (2021). The course will clarify how to apply current guidance in new builds and facilities built to previous guidance.

Day one

Registration: 8.45 – 9.15am

  • Introduction and overview of course

  • Healthcare ventilation – key issues

  • Airborne infection – some history and concepts

  • Specialised ventilation concepts

  • Anaesthesia v Sedation – Applications, benefits and hazards

  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part A; Design – the ventilation of an operating department 

  • Workshop One – Operating Theatres

  • Fluid mechanics and microbiology in Ultra Clean Air operating theatres

Day two

  • Air filtration – current standards

  • Air handling units – minimum standards and new developments

  • Air handling systems (AHS) kit/demo 

  • Zero Carbon agenda, energy standards and heat pumps

  • How far can we go with natural ventilation?

  • Minimally invasive procedures and minor operations

  • Workshop Two – Equipment circus

       -  Display of air flow measuring instruments
       -  Demonstration of air tightness testing
       -  Demonstration of duct sealing technology
       -  Demonstration of UCV test methodology
       -  Particle counting and challenge testing HEPA filters

  • Mortuaries

Day three

  • Fire strategy and air distribution systems

  • Local exhaust ventilation

  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part B; Operational management – annual verification and minimum standards

  • Clean rooms in pharmacy and sterile services departments

  • Installation standards. Commissioning and Validation

  • The Ventilation Safety Group/Audit reports – AE(V) and AP(V) roles

  • Workshop Three – Ventilation Safety Group workshop

  • Workshop feedback session

Day four

  • Isolation Facilities – Concepts, research and application. The revised HBN 4; Supplement 1

  • Multi-choice question review of course content

  • Guest Presentation: Operating in the field

  • Review of revision questions 

  • Hot topics and course summary

Course Finish Time: 12.55pm

Please note that, although the organisers remain devoted to the programme and timings specified, they reserve the right to vary the programme in detail if required to do so by factors beyond their control.


Course Director: 

Andy Poplett – An independent healthcare estates consultant and AE for ventilation and water. Member of IHEEM and SVHSoc, Associate Member of CIBSE, and Affiliate Member of IFE.

2024 Speakers included:

Malcolm Thomas, independent consultant specialising in healthcare ventilation. Main author HTM 03-01 (2021). HBN 4; Sup 1; Lead author and PPVL concept originator 

Damien Atherton, Project & Property Management, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Margaret Barrows, Theatre Practitioner, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
James Dagnall, Camfil
Simon Dale, Consultant Anaesthetist, Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Jack Friend, Hasman Ltd
Colin Gaffney, Consulting Validation Engineer 
Alan Gilbert, BSRIA
Jared Gray, Technical Director, Air Handling Systems Ltd
Dr Darren Mann, Consultant Surgeon, British Army
John McEwan, JCM Project Management Ltd
Silvio Murgia, Apex Acoustics Ltd
Robert Porter, Consultant Microbiologist, RD&E
Karren Staniforth, IPC Specialist Advisor, UKHSA (Health Security Agency)
Andrew Thomas, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, The University Hospital, Birmingham
Sigrid Volkmann, Consulting Engineer, STS Consulting & Training Services
Bradley White, Camfil
Andy Worsick, Particle Measuring Systems 

Fee information

Thank you for your interest in the SVHP course. Please note that places are limited to 36 delegates. To ensure a diverse range of participants from various roles and organisations, registrations will be pre-approved by the course director.

To enquire or register your interest, please email the CPD team at cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk. We will then contact the course director for approval and inform you of the decision. If approved, we will provide you with a booking link. Please wait for confirmation of approval from us before booking your place.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Course fee and accommodation package
The Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises course is residential and the course fee includes refreshments, bed and breakfast accommodation and evening meals at Weetwood Hall Hotel for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lunches are also included for Tuesday to Friday. 

The following course fees also include cost of tuition and course materials: TBC VAT exempt

For local delegates who do not require accommodation, please contact us for a non-residential rate.

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Venue details

The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.​​

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS

What our delegates say

“Great course if you want to understand compliance and management of ventilation systems within healthcare.”
John Bowman, NHS Highland 

“Best course in Ventilation Systems in healthcare care industry. This course gives all round holistic view with engineering, clinical and infection control functions.”
Joel Lobo, Salisbury District Hospital 

“Overall good learning on elements outside engineering as well as the technical air flow. Good presenters and overall, well worth the time for CPD.”
Adrian Haigh, JCA Engineering Ltd

“Excellent course, well structured, presented by subject matter experts.”
Julia Cook, NHS Fife

Contact us

Helen Forsyth – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 8104

E: cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

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