Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services

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 Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services 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

A one-day course covering:

  • intelligent monitoring

  • interpretation of data

  • control measures

  • trending data

  • and investigations

Programme includes microbiological aspects from Annex 1

 Delivered via:

  • presentations

  • demonstrations

  • interactive discussions

  • and workshops

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


8.30am     Registration and coffee 

  • Welcome and Introduction 

  • Intelligent monitoring 

    • Microbes and their sources: how to best detect them and why do they recur.

  • Interpretation of data – Workshop and Presentation

    • Reviewing and understanding micro results. Strange ids, no identification or genus id.

  • Control measures 

    • Contamination control strategies. Sanitisation and disinfection options, techniques and validation. 

  • Workshop – Investigations

    • Risk management of data, root cause analysis and CAPA; how best to react

  • Trending data - Examples - how data can be used and assist decisions

  • Guide to Cleanroom Microflora 

  • Question and answers followed by course summary

4.30pm    Close of course 

Please note, CPD attendance certificates will be given out at the end of the course.


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

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

Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist
Vikki Robbins, Senior Pharmaceutical Microbiologist, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD
James Walker, Assistant Head of Pharmacy–Production Services, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 

Fee information

Course fee: TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

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

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Venue details

The Birmingham Conferences and Events Centre (BCEC) 
Hill Street,
B5 4EW
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre: Meetings and Events (hibirmingham.co.uk)

 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City


If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue please contact the hotel to book you’re accommodation directly. 

Holiday Inn Birmingham
Smallbrook Queensway
B5 4EW

Tel: 0121 6346200
Email: reception@hibirmingham.co.uk  

What our delegates say

“Superb course, suitable for a range of staff groups that work in an aseptic or production field. The course was pitched at a good level. Started with a refresher to microorganisms and that got steadily more detailed as it went through the day.”
Jo Bramall, York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“This course was excellent and helped me understand better how to investigate excursions.”
Seaneen McLaverty, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

“Really useful, easy to understand course, a must for anyone working in Aseptic services.”
Cathy Samsudin, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“Overall a very useful and comprehensive overview on microbiology contamination sources and control strategies. Good examples brought to the table and good update on Annex 1.”
Anne Lyttle , Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Contact us

Helen Forsyth – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 8104

E: cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

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