Aseptic Services for Managers

About the course

NOTE: This course is now fully booked. If you would like to be included in next year’s course waitlist, please get in touch. 

The Aseptic Services for Managers (ASFM) 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 a follow-up to the Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM) course for senior, experienced pharmacy staff involved in aseptic preparation activities.

The course aims to:

  • explore the role and responsibilities of the Aseptic Unit manager in the modern healthcare environment

  • address key current issues for aseptic services

  • equip you to respond to issues in your own units

  • appraise and discuss current guidance

  • provide workshop sessions giving you tools for improving working practices

How will I benefit?
The structure of the course will give you the opportunity to share practices with other delegates, and gain tips, solutions and resources to support practice back at base. You’ll receive a recommended reading list and learning objectives for each session, and your course notes will contain all slides plus additional handouts and resource lists.

Who should attend?

This course is specifically designed for Aseptic Unit Managers, especially Accountable Pharmacists (AcP), Authorised Pharmacists (AuP) and Senior Technicians.

The course is also very relevant for Aseptic Unit Deputy Managers, those aspiring to a management role, and Senior QA/QC personnel in both licensed and unlicensed aseptic units.


The course is delivered via presentations from key speakers in the field with interactive workshops on both days to support delegates learning. 

Day one

  • Welcome and introduction to day one

  • Current issues and priorities for the aseptic service manager

  • The NHS Aseptic Services Transformation – current progress

  • The responsive aseptic service meeting clinical needs 

  • Workshop: Current problems and issues for the aseptic manager 

  • Workshop feedback session

  • Practical aspects of capacity and contingency planning

  • Parallel sessions: Management and prioritisation of the quality system / Managing hazards for operators

  • Training and developing your aseptic workforce

  • Managing implementation of mandatory change e.g. contamination control strategy and other Annex 1 changes 

Day two

  • RCA and CAPA Processes

  • Workshop: CAPA 

  • Workshop feedback session

  • Parallel sessions: EL audit portal development / ATMPs – Governance and operational impact on aseptic services

  • Preparing for EL(97)52 Audits and MHRA inspections – vital tips and guidance for service leads at all levels

  • Microbiological issues in Aseptic Services

  • Question and answers session – Microbiological issues

  • The future for aseptics

Please note, CPD attendance certificates are given to delegates at the end of the course. We encourage you to plan your return travel to allow you attend the whole course.


Course director - Andrew Merriman, Lead QA Pharmacist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wrexham Maelor Hospital    
Chairs/facilitators - Rufus Smith, Lead Pharmacist for Cancer and Technical Services, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD  


Ian Allen - Pharmacy Quality Assurance Regional Specialist (NW), North West Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
Matthew Greening - Senior Pharmacy Professional Advisor, NHS England 
Shakeel Herwitker - Assistant Director of Pharmacy (Manufacturing), Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust 
Emma Kirk - Lead Pharmacist Medicine Safety, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Mark Oldcorne - Consultant QA Pharmacist
Lauren Price - QA Team Leader Pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
Sue Renn - Pharmacist, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS 
John Rhodes - Laboratory Consultant, Stockton Quality Control laboratory
Tim Sizer - Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD  
Maloni Talbot - Wirral University Teaching Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust 
Adam Walker - Interim Head of Quality, North East and North Cumbria NHS 

Fee information

Course fee: TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • light refreshments and lunches

  • course dinner on Wednesday evening

Accommodation for delegates is not included in the course fee and needs to be booked separately (see accommodation tab).

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

Please note there are two Village hotels in Leeds, the Aseptic Services course is held at the Leeds North hotel.

Village Hotel Leeds North
186 Otley Road
LS16 5PR

Directions to the hotel can be found here.


If you wish to stay at the course venue (The Village Hotel North) please book your accommodation directly with the hotel by calling T: 0113 203 3538 and quoting ‘University of Leeds ASFM 2024’ so the hotel recognises and prioritises the booking as part of the ASFM group; or by using one of the below links to book online.  
Option 1 – Non refundable and non transferable for a minimum of 2 nights stay 
Option 1 is a set negotiated rate (valid until 8 weeks before the course, and subject to availability) with no cancellations or modifications permitted. Please use the following link to book bedroom rates @ £99 per room per night single occupancy  Rate includes: breakfast, gym access and parking (if required).  Guarantee Policy: Full prepayment for the minimum 2 night stay is taken at the time of booking, by debit or credit card.  Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or modifications are not permitted, full cancellation charge for the entire stay will apply.  In the event of cancellation or non-arrival you will be charged for the full stay.  Only a minimum of 2 nights stay can be booked online through this link, if you wish to stay for one night only please call the hotel direct on 0113 203 3538 quoting ‘University of Leeds ASFM 2024’
Option 2 - Cancel or modify free of charge up to 7pm day prior to arrival
Option 2 is a flexible option permitting cancellation or modification free of charge up to 7pm day prior to arrival. This option gives delegates 10% off at the time of booking and is valid until the date of arrival, subject to availability.  Please use the following link to book bedroom rates 10% off at the time of booking adding code: UNLEE (to the 'add code' box) and the booking system will show a University of Leeds rate and terms of booking.  Rate includes: room only, gym access and parking (if required).  Guests can add breakfast onto their booking.  Guarantee Policy: All arrivals require a credit card guarantee at time of booking, full payment for your stay is charged to your credit card on the day of arrival.  Cancellation Policy: Cancel or modify free of charge up to 7pm day prior to arrival. First night's cancellation charge will apply after 7pm the day prior to arrival. In the event of a non-arrival you will be charged for the first night's accommodation 

Important note: there are two Village hotels in Leeds, PLEASE ENSURE you search and book your accommodation at the LEEDS NORTH hotel.


What our delegates say

“An excellent use of two days for outlining what should be the current priorities for aseptic managers.”
Jenny Humphreys, Royal Derby Hospital 

“Excellent course, lots of useful information, a great opportunity to network.”
Cathy Samsudin,  Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS

"This was a very useful couple of days giving me a closer insight into some of the challenges which the management team give day to day."
Jack Murrell, Fresenius Kabi UK

“This course provides an excellent oversight of Aseptic Services for new and experienced managers. Topics covered are relevant and the delegate can be assured that they will go back feeling inspired and motivated and most likely with a list of quality improvement suggestions for their own unit.”
Marie Watson, University Hospitals of Leicester

“Great course, well delivered by all the experts. Leant a lot and looking forward implementing changes in our department.” 
Colleen Dossery, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Contact us

Katie McCarthy – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

T: 0113 343 5746


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