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


2022 Programme

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 and answers and course summary

16:30    Close of course 

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.


2022 Speakers

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:
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist
Vikki Robbins, Senior Pharmaceutical Microbiologist, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD

Fee information

If you would like to receive details on the 2023 course when they become available please email cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

2023 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 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


Accommodation is not included in the course fee.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate please contact Emma Barker or Stevie Standerline E: reservations@weetwood.co.uk / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Micobiology for Aseptic Services’ course.

Bedrooms are subject to availability and the following rates (including VAT) apply with a ‘48 hours prior to arrival with no cancellation fee’ policy: Monday – Thursday, bed and breakfast £TBC per night, for sole occupancy in a superior double room. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals (if required).

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

Jasper Minton-Taylor – 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 5746

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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