Aseptic Services for Managers (ASfM)

About the course

The Aseptic Services for Managers (ASfM) course has been jointly organised by the NHS and TSET (the Technical Specialist Education and Training group) and is facilitated by the University of Leeds.

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. 

What will I learn?

This course is a follow-up to the Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM) course for senior, experienced pharmacy staff involved in aseptic preparation activities.
The course aims to:

  • explore the role and responsibilities of the Aseptic Unit manager in the modern healthcare environment

  • address key current issues for aseptic services

  • equip you to respond to issues in your own units

  • appraise and discuss current guidance

  • provide workshop sessions giving you tools for improving working practices.

How will I benefit?
The structure of the course will give you the opportunity to share practices with other delegates, and gain tips, solutions and resources to support practice back at base. You’ll receive a recommended reading list and learning objectives for each session, and your course notes will contain all slides plus additional handouts and resource lists.

Who should attend?

This course is specifically designed for Aseptic Unit Managers, especially Accountable Pharmacists (AcP), Authorised Pharmacists (AuP) and Senior Technicians. The course is also very relevant for Aseptic Unit Deputy Managers, those aspiring to a management role, and Senior QA/QC personnel in both licensed and unlicensed aseptic units.


The course is delivered via presentations from key speakers in the field with interactive workshops on both days to support delegates learning. Below is the provisional topics for the 2021 course:

Day One

  • The NHSI Aseptic Services review – summary of findings and next steps
  • Current issues and priorities for the aseptic service manager
  • The responsive aseptic service meeting clinical needs 
  • WORKSHOP: Current problems and issues for the aseptic manager 
  • Practical aspects of capacity and contingency planning
  • PARALLEL SESSIONS: Management and prioritisation of the quality system / Managing hazards for operators
  • Risk management of unlicensed medicines for preparation and purchase / Training and developing your aseptic workforce
  • Managing a service crisis 

Day Two

  • RCA and CAPA Processes
  • PARALLEL SESSIONS: Meeting the unmet need for a CIVAS service in a DGH / ATMPs – Governance and operational impact on aseptic services
  • Recent developments in standards, guidance and legislation / Current concepts in validation 
  • Preparing for EL(97)52 Audits and MHRA inspections – vital tips and guidance for service leads at all levels
  • Microbiological issues in Aseptic Services
  • Question and answers session – Microbiological issues
  • The future for aseptics
  • End of day two and the course is 16:35

Please note, CPD attendance certificates are given to delegates at the end of the course. We encourage you to plan your return travel to allow you attend the whole course.


Course Director: 
John Landers
Divisional Director of Pharmacy
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Chairperson of The North West Aseptic Services Group

Deputy Course Director:
Andrew Merriman
Lead QA Pharmacist, 
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Course presenters:

Dean Bradley, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager, Institute of Cellular Medicine
Newcastle University
Andrew Davies, Director of Hospital Pharmacy, NHS Improvement
Andrew Hedges, Wye Valley NHS Trust 
Shakeel Herwitker, Assistant Director of Pharmacy (Manufacturing), Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen 
University Hospital NHS Trust
Rachel Knight, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Clinical & Aseptic Services
Allied Clinical Services, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Andrew Lowey, Lead Clinician - Clinical Pharmacy & Preparative Services, and Emily Smith, Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader for Nutrition & Aseptic Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist
Lauren Price, QA Advanced Pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
John Rhodes, Laboratory Consultant, Stockton Quality Control laboratory
Rufus Smith, Lead Pharmacist for Cancer and Technical Services, Yeovil District Hospital
Nicola Wake, Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Safety & Governance 
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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.

2021 course fee £510 

Fees are VAT exempt

Course fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • paperless course materials

  • light refreshments and lunches


How to Book
You can book your place via our 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

Village Hotel Leeds (Leeds North)
186 Otley Road
LS16 5PR

Directions to the hotel can be found here.


Delegates can book their accommodation directly with the hotel (Village Leeds North) via Connect Direct. Connect Direct booking portal offers the most flexible discounted rate plan.  Inclusions: at least 10% discount from the hotels best available room only rate, 25% discount from breakfast chargeable at £7.50 per guest, per night, complimentary car parking, leisure access and wifi. Flexible cancellation up to 7pm the night prior to arrival.

How to book your accommodation:
Bedrooms will be subject to availability. Early booking is advised.

What our delegates say

"As a Senior Pharmacy Technician, I feel this course is invaluable as a training tool for multiple aspects of Aseptics"

"A must do course for senior staff involved in aseptic services"

"Senior and Chief Technicians should attend this course it’s the best one I have been on in years!"

"Fantastic opportunity to network with national colleagues"

“Excellent course. Gives a full picture of aseptic units and the regulations to maintain GMP standards"

Contact us

Katie Warner – 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


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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