Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises

About the course

The Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises 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 

What will I learn?
On this course you’ll examine the specific requirements for the provision of ventilation in healthcare premises and will discover the thinking behind current standards.

How will I benefit?
You’ll gain an excellent overview of specialised ventilation in healthcare within the evolving evidence base taught by national experts.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in the provision of ventilation for the healthcare sector will find this course of benefit, as it will inform you of your clients’ specific needs.

This course will take a holistic look at the need for ventilation in healthcare premises and how it can best be provided. It will, therefore, be of particular interest to you if you’re:

  • infection control personnel or team leader

  • an estates and facilities manager or other healthcare professional involved with the provision, performance or operation of specialised ventilation systems

  • wishing to become Authorising Engineers (Ventilation) AE(V) / Authorised Persons (Ventilation - AP(V)

  • an operating department manager

  • a capital project manager

  • a consulting engineer

  • a trust risk assessment manager

  • a project management group

  • an equipment manufacturer

  • a test and validation specialist.


Please note, the below programme is currently provisional, although we don’t expect any major changes. 

The course is delivered by a mix of presentations and group workshops. There will be a multiple choice quiz at the end of the course to provide proof of knowledge gained.

The course director will provide guidance on the appointment of Authorising Engineers (Ventilation) and the duties of Authorised and Competent persons. The role of outside contractors who provide annual inspection and verification services will also be examined.

The basis of guidance on specialised ventilation for healthcare premises is HTM03-01 (2021). The course will clarify how to apply current guidance in new builds and facilities built to previous guidance.

Day one

Registration: 08:45 – 09:15

  • Healthcare ventilation – key issues
  • Airborne infection – some history and concepts
  • Specialised ventilation concepts
  • Anaesthesia v Sedation – Applications, benefits and hazards
  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part A; Design – the ventilation of an operating department – the revised standard
  • Workshop – operating theatres
  • An Orthopaedic Consultant’s view of UCV theatres

Day two

  • Air filtration – current standards
  • Air handling units – minimum standards and new developments
  • Zero Carbon agenda and Energy standards
  • Chillers
  • Minimally invasive procedures and minor operations
  • Workshop – equipment circus
  • Where’s my air?

Day three

  • Fire strategy and air distribution systems
  • Local exhaust ventilation
  • HTM 03-01-2021; Part B; Operational management – Revised standard 
  • Installation standards. Commissioning and Validation
  • The Ventilation Safety Group/Audit reports – AE(V) and AP(V) roles
  • Workshop – Ventilation Safety Group 
  • Clean rooms in pharmacy and sterile services departments
  • Exeter response to Covid/Exeter Nightingale – challenges and lessons learned
  • Covid response and creation of emergency isolation facilities, considerations for future

Day four

  • Isolation Facilities – Concepts, research and application
  • Multi-choice question review of course content
  • Exeter response to COVID/Exeter Nightingale – challenges and lessons learned
  • Hot topics and course summary

Course Finish Time: 13:20

Please note that, although the organisers remain devoted to the programme and timings specified, they reserve the right to vary the programme in detail if required to do so by factors beyond their control.



Course Director: 

Andy Poplett – An independent healthcare estates consultant and AE for ventilation and water. Member of IHEEM and SVHSoc, Associate Member of CIBSE, and Affiliate Member of IFE.


A full list of speakers will be available shortly

Fee information

Registrations will open around 3 months prior to this date. Please note that registration on the course is subject to pre-approval from the course director to enable a suitable range of delegates/organisations to attend.

The Specialised Ventilation in Healthcare Premises course is residential and the course fee includes refreshments, lunches, bed and breakfast accommodation and evening meals at Weetwood Hall Hotel on Tuesday 1 November to the close of the course on Friday 4 November.

The following course fees also include cost of tuition and comprehensive course notes: £1800

Fees are VAT exempt

For local delegates who do not require accommodation, please contact us for a non-residential rate.

Additional options

We can also book bed and breakfast accommodation for Monday evening for an additional charge of £94 if required.

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

What our delegates say

Some comments from our 2019 delegates:

"A great course, which makes good headway to help close the gap between infection control and healthcare colleagues managing ventilation systems"

"Very well structured, covering key areas across ventilation. Useful to hear from various expert speakers, to understand their experiences, including issues encountered"

"A great mix of information, great subject matter experts, delivered in a fantastic location. Any healthcare establishment should ensure they send staff on this course. Thank you, this has been excellent"

"Excellent run through the complex world of infection control and the role of ventilation"

Contact us

Helen Forsyth – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 2494

E: cpd@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk


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