Understanding Microbiology for Aseptic Services

About the course

The 2023 course has now taken place. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2024 course, please email cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk.

A one-day course covering:

  • intelligent monitoring

  • interpretation of data

  • control measures

  • trending data

  • and investigations

Programme includes latest updates on 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 their website

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 2024 programme will be available in due course. In the meantime, take a look at the programme for 2023 below.

2023 Programme – Including updates on Annex 1

8.45am     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 – updates on Annex 1
    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 and 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

2023 Organising team and presenters:
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, Lead Pharmacist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Fee information

The 2023 course has now taken place. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the 2024 course, please email cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk.


Fees are VAT exempt

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

View our terms and conditions

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


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 ‘Microbiology for Aseptic Services’ course.

Accommodation is subject to availability Monday – Thursday at £92 per night (including VAT) bed and breakfast for a superior double room (single occupancy). There is a full refund if cancelled within 48 hours of the due date of arrival. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with availability. We can also provide a list of alternative hotels on request.

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.”
York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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

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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