Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services

About the course

Covid-19 Statement

Please be advised that the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services course with the uncertainty of covid-19, and understanding many of our speakers and delegates are key workers and will have covid-19 based priorities at their place of work.

Please note that in line with our terms and conditions, as the University has made the decision to cancel the 2020 course, delegates will receive a full refund via the original method of payment. 

The one-day course will cover:

  • intelligent monitoring

  • interpretation of data

  • control measures

  • trending data

  • and investigations

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed to give you an overview of practical microbiology and is ideal for those currently working in the aseptic services field. In particular accountable pharmacists should consider attending this course along with:

  • releasing officers

  • chief/senior technicians

  • authorised pharmacists

  • product approvers

  • and production managers


The course will be delivered via:

  • presentations

  • demonstrations

  • interactive discussions

  • and workshops


The one-day course will be delivered by experts in the NHS Pharmaceutical Microbiology field.

Course Director: 
John Rhodes
Laboratory Consultant, Stockton Quality Control laboratory

Organising team and speakers:

Linda Musker, QA Specialist, Specialist Pharmacy Service North
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist, Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Vikki Robbins, Senior Pharmaceutical Microbiologist, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bernie Sanders, Consultant QA Specialist, Nottingham University Hospitals
Tim Sizer, Regional Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Officer, NHS England (South West)

Fee information

2020 course fee: £320 2021 Course fees to be confirmed

Fees are VAT exempt

The course fee includes cost of tuition, course materials, lunch and light refreshments. 

How to Book
Early registration is highly recommended as places are limited. Delegates can book their place via our secure online store to pay by debit or credit card or by completing a manual registration form (to pay via invoice). 

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

The venue for the 2020 course is:

Crowne Plaza Reading
Caversham Bridge
Richfield Avenue
RG1 8BD.

Directions and public transport links can be found on the hotel website here.

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements including any access or dietary requirements in relation to this course.


Accommodation is not included in the course fee. If you wish to stay at the hotel the evening before the course please contact and book the hotel directly https://www.cp-reading.co.uk/ 

What our delegates say

"An exceptional course well worth the time for all. Acts as a refresher for the experienced personnel"
Royal Derby Hospital

"A really useful and job related course. Answered many questions on real life situations"
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

"Excellent course for both experienced staff and for staff new to aseptic services"
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

"The course is a very well presented comprehensive introduction to many aspects of microbiology, utilising taught material and interactive sessions to make a really enjoyable course"
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust

"The course gives an excellent overview of microbiology and trending which is relevant to many levels of staff in the NHS"
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust

Contact us

Katie Warner – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
School of Chemical and Process Engineering, 3.11
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

T: +44 (0)113 343 8104

E: cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

Please note, the CPD team are currently working remotely due to covid-19 and therefore unable to be contacted by phone. If you have any queries please send us an email to the above email address – Many thanks.


This CPD course has been jointly organised by the NHS Technical Specialists Education and Training Group (NHS TSET), and University of Leeds.

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