Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing (Update) Refresher and Reassessment Programme

Course overview

What will I learn?
A range of presentations, discussions, forums and practical hands-on sessions illustrating the principles of pharmaceutical medical gas testing will ensure that on completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of relevant gases, HTM 02-01 and other guidance.

  • show a knowledge of medical gases distribution

  • demonstrate a knowledge of health and safety relating to medical gases

  • make critical assessment on health and safety issues such as OES, MEL and STEL

  • identify and resolve problems associated with medical gas systems

  • interpret test results of medical gas systems and take appropriate actions

  • identify and resolve any problems associated with testing equipment

  • document relevant activities and interventions.

How will I benefit?
This two-day refresher and reassessment programme is specifically designed for you if you’re required to take the formal assessment of competency required under HTM02 every five years. The aim is to give an opportunity for QC (MGPS) personnel to be aware of developments and best practice and to enhance personal skills.


This course is delivered by a balanced mix of presentations, discussions, forums and practical hands-on sessions illustrating the principles of pharmaceutical medical gas testing. If you would like to receive the full programme please email us at 

Day one

  • Introduction to course and work of the Medical Gas Subgroup

  • Instrument Calibration

  • Updates (alerts and guidance documents) and incidents to learn from

  • Introduction and explanation of workshops

  • Workshops: advanced skills in: Understanding medical gases issues with anaesthetic trolleys; coping with common problems that occur with equipment; management of an oxygen line shutdown; contaminant analysis; connectology and testing through hoses – limitations and safety.

Day two

  • Introduction to the assessment

  • Assessment

  • Commissioning medical gas supplies to the hospital – focussing on a new VIE, Med Air Plant, manifold system and main pipelines/ring main

  • Roles and competencies of AP’s – what a QC (MGPS) needs to know

  • Medical gas training and competency, promoting best practice, reducing risk – improving efficiency

  • Company product equipment display (and networking lunch)

  • QC (MGPS): Health and safety in practice

  • Question and answer session followed by assessment feedback

Formal assessment
Competency will be evaluated by informal observation of practical skills and a written exam at the end of the course. Please note, the reassessment process is of the delegates general knowledge of Medical Gas Testing, not necessarily of the knowledge gained during this short course. This is to assure ongoing competence of those retained on the QC(MGPS) register under HTM 02-01.

Who should attend?

This course will be suitable for pharmacists and other health professionals with experience and responsibilities for, or an interest in, medical gas testing. This course is of particular importance to those who require the formal assessment of competency under the HTM02 every five years. The aim is to give an opportunity for QC (MPGS) personnel to be aware of developments and best practice.

What our delegates say

"A very informative, practical and assessment course. Highly recommended as an update for QCMGPS"

"Essential up-date for equipment and techniques in MGPS and an ideal opportunity for networking"


Course director:
Theresa Hughes - QC (MGPS) & QA Specialist, NHS Reading

Steve Connew formerly EBME Operational Manager
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Adrian Fairbrother QC (MGPS)

Paul Jones QC (MGPS) & Consultant (Medical Gases)

Andrew Sully, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Richard Sutherland, Omicron Projects

Fee information


Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner on Thursday 12 November 2020 at the Copthorne Hotel.

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

The course will take place at:

Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley
Milestone Restaurants the Waterfront 
Level St, Brierley Hill

with Practical sessions held at:

Midland Medical Services Ltd
Rowley Regis
B65 9BY

Return transport from the Copthorne hotel to Midland Medical Services is provided for the practical sessions on Thursday 14 November.


Bed and breakfast accommodation can be booked on your behalf at the course venue (Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley) and this can be added to your invoice, if required. All rooms are double for sole occupancy and have en suite facilities. We have negotiated the following special rates:

Wednesday and Thursday evening (bed and breakfast) £TBC per night (sole occupancy).

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
3.11 School of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Leeds,

T: + 44 (0)113 343 2494



The Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing Refresher and Reassessment programme has been jointly organised by the University of Leeds and:

NHS, Technical Specialist Education and Training (TSET)