Aseptic Services for Managers

About the course

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.

The Aseptic Services for Managers (ASfM) 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 

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. 

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: EL audit portal development / ATMPs – Governance and operational impact on aseptic services
  • Preparing for EL(97)52 Audits and MHRA inspections 
  • Microbiological issues in Aseptic Services
  • Question and answers session – Microbiological issues
  • The future for aseptics
  • End of day two and the course is 16:30

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

Course presenters:

Ian Allen, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Regional Specialist (NW), North West Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance 
Dean Bradley, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager, Institute of Cellular Medicine
Newcastle University
Andrew Davies, Director of Hospital Pharmacy, NHS Improvement
Emily Dawson, Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader for Aseptics & Nutrition, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Shakeel Herwitker, Assistant Director of Pharmacy (Manufacturing), Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen 
University Hospital NHS Trust
Emma Kirk, Lead Pharmacist Medicine Safety, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Pharmacist: Lead Medication Safety, Specialist Pharmacy Service
Rachel Knight, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Clinical & Aseptic Services
Allied Clinical Services, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
John Landers, Divisional Director of Pharmacy, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Chairperson of The North West Aseptic Services Group
Andrew Lowey, Lead Clinician - Clinical Pharmacy & Preparative Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist
John Oliver, Pharmacy Technician Specialist QA/QC, Medicines Management & Pharmacy Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD
Rufus Smith, Lead Pharmacist for Cancer and Technical Services, Yeovil District Hospital
Maloni Talbot, Pharmacy Aseptic Services Manager, Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Fee information

Please note the 2022 course is fully booked, if you would like to receive details on the 2023 course when they become available please email

2022 course fee £515 (for budgetary purposes only) 

Fees are VAT exempt

Course fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • light refreshments and lunches


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.

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

Village Hotel Leeds North
186 Otley Road
LS16 5PR

Directions to the hotel can be found here.


If you require accommodation and wish to stay at the Village Hotel Leeds North please contact the hotel directly

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

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

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



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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