Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing

Course overview

What will I learn?
This is a five-day CPD course which will be delivered with presentations, group discussions and practical sessions illustrating the principles of pharmaceutical medical gas testing. There will be an assessment at the end of the course.

How will I benefit?
You’ll benefit from:

  • practical testing with a range of different equipment

  • being able to troubleshoot and assess defective systems

  • experienced tutors offering active assistance

  • positive team building activities.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of relevant HTM 02 and Permit to Work relating to medical gases

  • demonstrate a knowledge of health and safety relating to medical gases

  • demonstrate a knowledge of medical gases production and properties, and the application of GMP to medical gas production

  • demonstrate a knowledge of uses and clinical risks associated with medical gases

  • make critical assessment on health and safety issues such as OES, MEL and STEL

  • identify and resolve problems associated with medical gas systems

  • interpret test results of medical gas systems and take appropriate actions

  • identify and resolve any problems associated with testing equipment document relevant activities and interventions

A short written assessment is undertaken at the end of the course. There will also be a work based practice report to be completed.

 

Reassessment course
There will be a two day refresher and reassessment course taking place in November 2019 which is specifically designed for those who require the formal assessment of competency under HTM 02-01.

Programme

Day one

  • Introduction to medical gases and their uses

  • Introduction to HTM 02-01 (2006)

  • Key principles and its application in practice

  • Key MGPS features; oxygen VIE and PCC; medical and surgical air plant; vacuum and AGSS plant, manifolds

  • MGPS features continued; valves, LVAs and AVSUs; central and local alarms; pendants and beams, terminal units and NISTs

  • On-site practical sessions; VIE; Medical air compressor; Manifold

  • Manufacture of medical gases and the role of the QP

Day two

  • Gas safety in relation to MGPS

  • Aspects of MGPS engineering (part 1):

  • Configuration of central sources of supply, emergency reserve supplies and mobile emergency backfeed manifolds provision

  • Aspects of MGPS engineering (part 2):

  • Installation requirements of the distribution pipeline, monitoring systems and terminal unit provision

  • On-site practical sessions; demonstration of AP tests; demonstration of pipe jointing

  • Tests that the AP carries out or witnesses. Examples of where tests or observations/PPM have identified problems

  • Introduction to the role of QC MGPS in relation to HTM 0201

  • Workshop sessions; terminal units function, identity and operational problems; AVSUs, LVA’s and alarms operation and faults; Cylinder Management identification, storage, tracking, and connections

Day three

  • Moisture in medical gas systems

  • Introduction to ‘permit to work’ system and B forms

  • Workshop ‘permit to work’ system

  • Introduction to pharmaceutical testing of gases

  • How medical gases are tested and how instrumentation does its job

  • Workshop sessions; Oxygen, identity and purity methods; Nitrous oxide / Entonox, identity and purity methods; Medical, surgical and dental air, identity and purity methods including moisture, particulates and oil; surgical CO2 and Heliox – uses and ID specialist gases

Day four

  • The basic tool kit

  • Instrument calibration

  • Calibration gases

  • Calibration of Instruments – demonstration/workshop

  • Common problems that occur with equipment

  • Measurements of particulates

  • Problem solving workshops; testing manifold; testing a compressor; pendant testing; mock-up bedhead tests; terminal unit identity

Day five

  • Oxygen conservation

  • Novice QC (MGPS) – pressures of the job

  • MGPS line pressure; why is it useful for the QC to know, examples of problems identified

  • Written assessment

Who should attend?

This course will be suitable for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with experience and responsibilities for, or an interest in, medical gas testing. It is essential for those who wish to register as QC (MGPS) under the HTM 02-01.

Please note, if you are enquiring/registering specifically to follow through to registration as a medical gas tester you will also need to satisfy the criteria laid out in the HTM i.e. be a graduate who is eligible for membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) or the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

Reassessment course
There will be a two day refresher and reassessment course taking place in November 2019 which is specifically designed for those who require the formal assessment of competency under HTM 02-01.

What our delegates say

"Great course, very informative with a good mix of presentations and practicals"

“Very comprehensive course and speakers were very knowledgeable"

"Opportunity to learn from other’s practice invaluable and received excellent advice on specific concerns"

Speakers

Course director:
Theresa Hughes QC (MGPS) & QA Specialist, NHS Reading

Keith Butler, Alpha Moisture Systems
Steve Connew, previously Colchester Hospital University NHS
Ed Doyle, QC (MGPS) Altec (Analytical and Technical) Services Ltd
Alistair Ellis-Jones, QC (MGPS) North East Wales NHS Trust
Adrian Fairbrother, QC (MGPS)
Peter Henrys, BOC Healthcare
Paul Jones, QC (MGPS) and Consultant (Medical Gases)
Richard Maycock, Medical Engineering Systems Limited
Tim Sizer, Regional QA Specialist NHS South West
Richard Skidmore, Head of Quality, Barts Health NHS Trust
Andrew Sully, QC (MGPS) Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust
Richard Sutherland, QC (MGPS) Omicron Ltd

Fee information

£1175 

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner on Tuesday evening

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Venue details

The course will be held at Midland Medical Services Ltd, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, B65 9BY on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Day five (Friday) will take place at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley, DY5 1UR, a short distance away. Full directions to the venues will be included within the delegate joining instructions.

Please note, Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley is approximately 5 miles from Midland Medical Services and delegates are responsible for making their own way to the course venue Monday – Thursday.

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast accommodation can be booked on behalf of delegates at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley, DY5 1UR if required. All rooms are double for sole occupancy and have en-suite facilities.

Please note, Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley is approximately 5 miles from Midland Medical Services and delegates are responsible for making their own way to the course venue Monday – Thursday.

We have negotiated the following bed and breakfast rates:

  • Sunday 2 February 2020 £86 per night

  • Monday 3 – Thursday 6 February 2020 £103 per night

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 2494

E: cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

Accreditation

The Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing course has been jointly organised by the University of Leeds and:

NHS
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PTQA
Manchester University