Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services

About the course

A one-day course covering:

  • intelligent monitoring

  • interpretation of data

  • control measures

  • trending data

  • and investigations

Programme includes latest updates on MHRA Q&As 2021 and Key revisions to Annex 1

 Delivered via:

  • presentations

  • demonstrations

  • interactive discussions

  • and workshops

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 https://www.tset.org.uk 

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


09:00     Registration and coffee 

  • Welcome and Introduction 
  • Intelligent monitoring 
  • Microbes and their sources, how to best detect them and why do they recur?
  • WORKSHOP - Interpretation of data
  • Reviewing and understanding micro results. Strange ids, no identification or genus id.
  • Control measures – MHRA Q&A 2021 updates 
  • 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 2021
  • Question & answers and course summary

16:30    Close of course and issue of CPD certificates

Please note, CPD attendance certificates will be given out at the end of the course. We would encourage you to plan your return travel to enable you to attend the whole course.


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, North West Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
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 NHS Trust
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD

Fee information

Delegates are advised to book early in case any covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the course result in reduced venue/room capacities and attendee numbers. We will be accepting bookings on a first come first served basis and if we do need to reduce numbers by cancelling bookings delegates will be informed at least four weeks prior to the course and a full refund will be issued.

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2021 course fee: £TBC

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). 

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Venue details

The venue for the 2021 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

Harriet Wills – 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 2494

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.

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