Course Overview

  • “The subject matter is complex but it wasn’t presented in a complex way, but rather a clear and consistent way.” Jacqueline Barry, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, UK
  • “Very good module. Very well structured and with a nice and smooth flow throughout.” Nuno Furtado, Baxter Healthcare,UK
  • “A really good week, with a good level of information. This has given me the foundations on which to build on, something that was missing prior to this. Overall an excellent experience.” Anthony James, Norgine, UK
  • “Medicinal Chemistry was my first QP module and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s very personal and supportive. Looking forward to the next one.” Beth Halliday, Penn Pharmaceutical Services, UK

Originally designed for the QP, this course is essential knowledge for qualified persons and all those working with pharmaceuticals. Demystify reference material from Patient Information Leaflets to Data Sheets. This intensive course will provide an understanding and break through the terminology.

About This Course

If you work in a leadership role in the industry it is vital that you understand the impact of your products on your patients.

This intensive course will provide you with an understanding, and break through the terminology:

  • How the body works – what goes wrong – how therapies work
  • Covering the most commonly prescribed therapeutics on the market today
  • Essential knowledge to help understand reference material and make decisions, covering cross-contamination risk, product risk, patient risk, quality and operator risk and facility design

This course will be five days of interactive, detailed, case study-based education.

This course is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry as suitable for their members’ CPD.

Key Learning Objectives

On completion of this course delegates will know and understand:

  • The body, how it works and what goes wrong, from cells to key body physiology
  • With examples, major therapeutic areas: central nervous system, heart, respiratory tract, inflammatory disease, GI tract
  • Drug therapy – receptors, autonomic nervous system and other drug targets
  • Cleaning and risk-based cross-contamination avoidance

In addition, you will have opportunities to discuss your products with expert tutors from one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK and hear presentations on currently marketed products.

Course Outline

The Body and How it Works

  • Cell structure and function
  • Human physiology and body functions
  • Introduction to the nervous system
  • Introduction to the heart and cardiovascular system

Major Disease States

  • Review of disease states that can affect the body, e.g.
    • Heart
    • Respiratory tract
    • Inflammatory diseases
    • Gastro-intestinal tract
    • Diseases of the CNS

Medicinal Products and How they Affect the Body

  • Basis of drug therapy – receptor theory
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • Classification of medicinal substances by therapeutic area:
    • Respiratory
    • Gastro-intestinal
    • Cardiovascular
    • Endocrine
    • CNS
    • Musculoskeletal and joint disease
    • Anaesthesia
    • Pharmacological effects

Other Relevant Issues

  • Adulteration and cross-contamination
  • Cleaning and cleaning validation – approaches for a multi-product facility

We provide an optional post-course assessment.

Who Should Attend

The Aspiring Qualified Person

  • Our training is generally considered as the best available and our QPs are held in high regard within the industry.
  • As well as being accepted in the UK, our training courses are well known and accepted by several other EU countries, including Ireland, The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and Malta.
  • You are more likely to become a QP with us than with any other training provider!

The Pharmaceutical Technical Professional

  • Not all the people attending these courses intend to become QPs. Many use the training to develop as technical managers within other areas of pharmaceutical manufacture and control.
  • Many industry professionals from a range of disciplines attend the courses as part of their Continuing Professional Development. Taken with some of our other QP modules, this course is designed to lead to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc qualifications.

Find out why you should choose NSF for your QP training by visiting our qualified person training section

Course Tutors

Course tutors will be:

  • Mike Halliday - Mike graduated in Pharmacy from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1980. He has broad experience in the manufacturing management and QA of a wide range of sterile and non-sterile dosage forms. Mike is eligible to act as a Qualified Person and he is an honorary lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Paul Cummings - Paul Cummings has nearly 30 years’ experience in pharmaceutical R&D, specializing in parenteral product development. Paul has many recognized areas of expertise including the design and practical applications of parenteral manufacturing facilities, clinical trial manufacture and cleaning validation program design and execution
  • Chris Prior, University of Strathclyde - Chris Prior is a neuropharmacologist with expertise in neuromuscular function, anaesthetic practice and neurological diseases. Having served as Director of Teaching and Assistant Head of Institute in the University’s Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences from 2006-2011, he was appointed Academic Vice-Dean within the Faculty of Science from 2011-2015. He currently holds the positions of Senior Teaching Fellow and Associate-Dean.

Course Fees

Course cost (excluding VAT)  £3,500.00


Multiple delegate booking discounts available. Discounts also offered to NHS staff, regulators and charities – contact us for details.

Have a question or want to book a place? Contact - you can also register online by clicking below.