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New Course


 Cleanroom Behaviour and Comportment

NHS TSET are proud to announce the launch of a new 1 day course that will run for the first time in September 2019


Updated -Training and Meeting Dates 2019

Updated versions of the meeting and training events calendars can be found here

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Future of National Frameworks

Notification of Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Framework Transfer of Stewardship

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Training and Meeting Dates 2019

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Product Approval Accreditation Programme (SWMIT)

The South West Product Approval Accreditation Programme is a regional scheme that has been developed to deliver a functional and high-quality training and assessment programme for individuals who carry out the task of “product approval” for aseptic products, prepared within hospital pharmacies under section 10 exemption from the Medicines Act 1968.

The programme addresses the training requirements of both pharmacists and suitably trained and experienced, registered pharmacy technicians. As a result, the accreditation must be applied alongside an operating framework that ensures that pharmacist supervision and other governance and safety requirements are fulfilled.

If you would like to know more, or book a place on the programme, use the link below.


 Product Approval Accreditation Programme (SWMIT)


Also available for booking is the South West Accreditation for Pre and In-Process checking within Aseptic Services which is a regional accreditation offered by all hospital trusts in the South West region for pre and in process checking of aseptically prepared items.

The Accuracy Assessment for Aseptic Preparation in non-licensed units, pre and in process checking includes:

  • Practice activity and portfolio building
  • Regular appraisals
  • Certificate of achievement of accreditation

The programme consists of a one day training course followed by in-house evidence collection and activities to develop of the candidates in their checking role. 


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Training and Meeting Dates 2018


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Alison Beaney retirement

On 20th April, it was with great sadness that TSET said goodbye to Alison Beaney who is retiring from the  committee. Alison is also retiring from her role as Regional Quality Assurance Specialist for the North East.

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Due to Alison's extensive network of colleagues and friends it is our understanding that she is having no less than 6 retirement parties across the country!

Alison's contributions to TSET are too many to mention but she has been key in the development and progression of TSET courses and products such as PTQA, Aseptic Processing, TPDPortal, QP name but a few.  

Luckily, Alison is not disappearing off the scene completely and will still be teaching on PTQA and providing assistance to TSET when needed. 

We will miss you at our meetings and thank you for all you have done. We hope you have a wonderful retirement and hope you enjoy your gift.

Useful Dates for 2017 Diaries 

In the interests of ensuring technical specialists are aware of all training opportunities available to them and and don't accidentally plan an event that clashes with another, TSET have collated a useful 2017 calendar of education and training provision.

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In addition TSET have also created a 2017 calendar of meetings to help you plan ahead for the forthcoming year. 

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Brian Midcalf Retires  

Brian Midcalf

On 28th July, it was with great sadness that TSET said goodbye to Brian Midcalf who retired from the committee after decades of faithful service. Brian was a founder member of the group, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the committee on so many workstreams including the set up of the first TSET website and groundbreaking projects such as the set up and management of the PTQA course. It is impossible to do justice to his achievements, which are too numerous to fit in this space! He will be very greatly missed by all.

Thanks again Brian for all you have done. We hope you enjoy the gift and retirement! Keep in touch x

Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services  

Edition 5 of Quality Assurance of Aseptic Services (QAAPS) is now available. See RPS Website for details

The new edition has been extensively revised and updated and was edited by TSET's Dr Alison Beaney. 

Clinical Pharmacy Congress 2016


The fifth Clinical Pharmacy Congress is taking place at ExCeL London on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April 2016.

The Congress is the largest clinical pharmacy CPD education programme and exhibition in the UK and a fantastic opportunity for our members. TSET is proud to announce we are partnering with Congress for the first time as an education partner and will be delivering a number of sessions in the Clinical Pharmaceutics and Technical Services Theatre.  

You’ll have the chance to listen to a world-class faculty of speakers and lecturers, programmed with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association. We really hope to see you all there.

 Benefits of attending:

 79 hours of cutting-edge clinical content for your personal CPD. See the full programme here.

  • Over 100 world class speakers
  • A new stream for 2016 – The Clinical Pharmaceutics & Technical Services Theatre. Relevant for those working in quality assurance/control, radio-pharmacy, aseptic services, production and manufacturing as well as procurement services and clinical trials.
  • More than 140 new medicines and specialist pharmacy technology, post-graduate training and equipment suppliers to learn from.
  • Share best practice in the Poster Zone and celebrate at the Best of Clinical Pharmacy Awards
  • Network with over 2,300 delegates, the perfect chance to share ideas with peers and friends and have fun.


Free delegate education passes

Delegate passes are £499 VAT, but we are delighted to announce that we have been allocated a number of free ‘education passes’ to offer to interested parties from NHS technical specialities. Places are running out fast, so will be allocated on a first come first served basis and there is a £99 VAT non-attendance fee (chargeable to your Trust...not TSET) should you register but fail to attend. You will, however, be able to transfer your pass to another colleague.


To register please visit the organisers’ website and use the RPS unique voucher code: EV-AS-029.  We look forward to seeing you at Congress in April.  

Useful Dates for 2016 Diaries 

In the interests of ensuring technical specialists are aware of all training opportunities available to them and and don't accidentally plan an event that clashes with another, TSET have collated a useful 2016 calendar of education and training provision.

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In addition TSET have also created a 2016 calendar of meetings to help you plan ahead for the forthcoming year. 

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APTUK Fellowship. 

Many congratulations to Gill Risby, one of  our TSET committee members, who has recently been awarded the highest rank of APTUK membership. In June 2015 Gill was nominated for the award of Fellow by Samantha Quays, and was presented with her award by the President of APTUK, Tess Fenn at the APTUK annual conference in Birmingham. Here at TSET we all know of Gill's expertise and wealth of experience and continually witness her tireless work. It is so great that now this has also been recognised formally by the professional leadership body. Gill is an inspirational technician and most deserving of this award. Congratulations Gill !

Aseptic Processing Course- TSET Survey Sept 2015

The NHS TSET Aseptic Processing Programme is a learning resource here on the TSET website, created to help develop safe and competent practitioners in aseptic processing. NHS TSET (Pharmaceutical Technical Specialist Education and Training) oversee the development and management of appropriate resources across the UK, and are considering re-development of this resource to ensure is it up to date. This survey is aimed at gathering information from users of the programme and other stakeholders to help inform this process.

 TSET are interested in the views of both individual learners using the resource as well as managers, trainers or education providers. Please respond by 30th September 2015. 

Your responses will be kept completely anonymous and used only for the purpose of improving this NHS TSET training provision.

 This survey will be conducted by the Pharmacy Development Unit, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds on behalf of NHS TSET and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. 

If you feel able to assist, we thank you in advance for taking the time to take part. Your opinions are important to us. For any queries, please email

Sporicides- In the Aseptic Transfer Process (1st July 2015 Training Day)

With the assistance of TSET members Tim Sizer and Mark Oldcorne, Pharmig have liaised with the NHS to create an informative one day programme on the topic of sporicides in the aseptic transfer process. In light of new recent MHRA guidance on the subject, this course is of considerable interest to those working in or managing aseptic facilities who are seeking up to date information about the key points of this important guidance. 

PTQA 2015 

The first year of the PTQA Course in its new home it almost at an end! Now comes the time to prepare for the 2015 intake. Those considering applying or wanting to know more should download the brochure from the home page, or go to the PTQA page of the website for more information. Follow the links on the PTQA page for full and most up to date information from the University of Manchester. 

Free Delegate Education Passes to Clinical Congress 2015

The NHS Pharmaceutical Aseptic Services Group has informally partnered with the Clinical Pharmacy Congress this year. Free passes are available using the code below for any staff who would like to attend from NHS aseptic units.

The Congress is the largest clinical pharmacy CPD education programme and exhibition staged in the UK.. 

Benefits of attending:

73 hours of clinical content for your personal CPD

Over 100 world class speakers across five conference theatres

More than 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest medicines, products, services and technology

Share best practice in the new Poster Zone

Access updates in the new Policy and Strategy Forum 

Network with over 2,000 delegates, the perfect chance to share ideas with peers/colleagues, and more importantly, have fun.

Delegate passes are £499 VAT, but PASG have been allocated a number of ‘free education passes’  

To register, and for the full programme details please visit the organisers’ website and use voucher code EG-AS-003

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Aseptic Processing E-Learning Course

The immensely popular and successful Aseptic Processing E-Learning Programme is now available through the TSET website. Both old and new new registrants can access the programme from the Courses section of the website. In addition, downloadable PDF workbooks are also available to support learning if desired.

PTQA Welcomes a New Cohort

26 students have enrolled on the new PTQA Course run by the University of Manchester. They will be the first students to study the course in its new home. They have already undertaken a two day induction and their first residential learning block from the QA Module. We wish them every success!

PTQA Has A New Home

Postgraduate Programme in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester has been selected as the new academic partner for TSET to support the delivery of the highly respected and valued PTQA Course Programme.

Full information is available on the University of Manchester's website

The Course will commence in October 2014. 

RPS Faculty Affiliation

NHS TSET are currently in negotiation with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with regards becoming affiliated partners. More information will soon be appearing on our Current Activities page

TSET Members Become Science Ambassadors

Dr Alison Beaney has lead the way by becoming a Science Ambassador. She has encouraged other TSET members to do the same and currently Gill Risby and Rachel Dixon have also joined the ranks at STEMNET. Read more about STEMNET here