Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises

About the course

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 https://www.tset.org.uk 

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?

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.


Please note, the below programme is for the November 2021 course. A programme for May 2022 will be available shortly, however we don’t expect any major changes to the below.

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 (2007) which replaced HTM2025. The course will clarify how to apply current guidance in new builds and facilities built to previous guidance.

Day one

Registration: 08:45 – 09:15

  • 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 – the revised standard
  • Workshop – operating theatres
  • Operating on Infectious patients

Day two

  • Air filtration – current standards
  • Zero Carbon agenda and Energy standards
  • Air handling units – minimum standards and new developments
  • Fire strategy and air distribution systems
  • Assessment of operating theatre air quality
  • Workshop – equipment circus
  • A History of Epidemics, or, “The Black Death (and other inconveniences)”

Day three

  • Minimally invasive procedures and minor operations
  • Local exhaust ventilation
  • The Ventilation Safety Group/Audit reports – AE(V) and AP(V) roles
  • Installation standards. Commissioning and Validation
  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part B – Operational Management – Revised standard
  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part B – Annual verification and minimum standards
  • Clean rooms in pharmacy and sterile services departments
  • Lessons learned from Covid
  • Covid response and creation of emergency isolation facilities, considerations for future

Day four

  • Isolation Facilities – Concepts, research and application
  • Reflections from SAGE
  • Hot topics and course summary

Course Finish Time: 13:00



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.


Margaret Barrows, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

James Dagnall, Camfill

Simon Dale, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Colin Gaffney, Consulting Validation Engineer

Alan Gilbert, BSRIA

David Jobes, Stockton Quality QC Laboratory

Chris Knights, BSRIA

Craig Mackintosh, Clinical scientist (Retired)

John McEwan, Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers Ltd

Robert Porter, RD&E

Karren Staniforth, Nottingham University Hospital

Malcolm Thomas, Main author HTM 03-01 (2020)

Rob Townsend, Sheffield

Sigrid Volkmann, STS Consulting & Training Services

Andy Worsick, EMS Particle Solutions UK Ltd

Fee information

Registration will be open around three months prior to the course date.

The Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises course is residential and the course fee includes refreshments, lunches, bed and breakfast accommodation and evening meals at Weetwood Hall Hotel on Tuesday 17 May to the close of the course on Friday 20 May.

The following course fees also include cost of tuition and comprehensive course notes: £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

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

Additional options

We can also book bed and breakfast accommodation for Monday evening for an additional charge of £TBC if required.

View our terms and conditions

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

Some comments from our 2019 delegates:

"A great course, which makes good headway to help close the gap between infection control and healthcare colleagues managing ventilation systems"

"Very well structured, covering key areas across ventilation. Useful to hear from various expert speakers, to understand their experiences, including issues encountered"

"A great mix of information, great subject matter experts, delivered in a fantastic location. Any healthcare establishment should ensure they send staff on this course. Thank you, this has been excellent"

"Excellent run through the complex world of infection control and the role of ventilation"

Contact us

Katie Warner – 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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