Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM)

About the course

The Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM) 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?
This course is designed to:

  • meet the needs of pharmacy staff (pharmacists and experienced senior technicians) who are engaged in the aseptic processing of medicines

  • cover the principles and practice of asepsis

  • provide an update on knowledge of standards, practices and quality assurance arrangements relating to the aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines

How will I benefit?
Experienced and knowledgeable experts will present engaging and informative material, which will be beneficial to you whether you’re starting out in the aseptic field or wanting to compare, up-date or improve your current knowledge and practices.

As in previous years, there will be an exhibition on days two and three of related products from the Pharmaceutical industry.

Who should attend?

This course is designed to extend the knowledge if you’re an experienced junior technician, senior technician, pharmacist or non-senior QA/QC personnel working in either licensed or unlicensed aseptic units.


Day one

9.30am  Registration

  • Overview of aseptic services now

  • What can go wrong?

  • Discussion groups

  • How to prevent things going wrong

  • Gowning workshop

  • Practical aspects of clean room gowning and gloves and gloving

Day two

  • Documentation in aseptic units

  • Design and function of clean rooms

  • Air handling

  • Discussion groups:

    • Aseptic manipulation/preparation

    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice.

Day three

  • Practical considerations in the management of critical workstations

  • Cleaning a cleanroom

  • Hand preparation

  • Practical considerations in the management of critical work stations

  • Discussion groups:

    • Aseptic manipulation/preparation

    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice

Day four

  • Personnel management issues in the aseptic suite

  • Safe handling in aseptic preparation

  • Training requirements

1pm  Close of course


Course Director
Rufus Smith, Senior Pharmacist - Aseptic Services, Yeovil District Hospital

Sarah Holliday, Aseptic Services Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Zoe Moorhouse, Chief Technician Quality Assurance, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist
John Oliver, Clinical Leadership Fellow – Pharmacy Technical Services (Workforce)
Yorkshire and Humber, North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation, Health Education England
Kate Preston, Lead E&D Technician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Renn, Senior Principal Pharmacist Technical Services, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD    
Malcolm Thomas, Consultant Engineer    
Paul Tunstell, Associate Chief Pharmacist - Technical Services, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Fee information

Course fee: £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Course fee includes:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • and the course dinner on Wednesday evening

The course fee does not include accommodation. Please see the accommodation tab for details of the accommodation package available to book.

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Venue details

We are pleased to announce that the APDM course will be hosted on our University of Leeds main Campus in the newly built Ester Simpson building. The Esther Simpson Building is a stunning new flagship development on campus and delegates can also book an on-campus accommodation package at our nearby (5 minutes walk) Storm Jameson student residential accommodation building.

Please note, car parking is extremely limited and problematic on and around Leeds University campus and we highly recommend all our APDM delegates to access the University by public transport. Leeds City train station is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the main campus. Further information on how to find us is available here.


Accommodation package 

En-suite accommodation is available at the University of Leeds student Halls of Residence (Storm Jameson). The on-site accommodation package includes dinner, bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation for Monday and Tuesday and bed and breakfast for Wednesday. Please book your accommodation requirements with us directly when you book your place on the course.

Please note, accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis and all rooms are single for sole occupancy.

Additional options

Sunday - Accommodation

Bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation is available at an additional charge for Sunday evening.  Unfortunately dinner is not available on the Sunday evening.

What our delegates say

“A lovely week of insightful knowledge that will absolutely help boost confidence and development, brilliant experience.”                                
Samuel Cooper, Oxford University Hospitals
“This course is so educational for any person within an aseptic unit as it covers a wide range of topics.”
Thomas Vallis, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital         

“A great all-round overview of aseptics with the bonus of getting to meet and share stories with people like you from around the country.”                        
Edward Foster, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust 

“Course material and content was extensive and informative, a thorough overview with an understanding of how and why in relation to the aseptic process. The presenters were knowledgeable and clearly passionate about their subject.”

Contact us

Katie McCarthy – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 5746


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