In profile: the Quality Controller (MGPS)

Earlier this month, we were pleased to welcome Tim Sizer (Regional Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Officer, NHS England South West) to Eastwood Park to discuss our Quality Controller MGPS refresher course and review the assessment.

We are one of only two organisations in the country to deliver this training which ensures the continued competence of quality controllers of medical gas pipeline systems.

When we met with Tim, he described the role of the Quality Controller (MGPS) as “the last link in the chain”, that directly protects the patient. Those qualified and registered as QC(MGPS) are responsible for the purity and quality of the medical gases at the terminal units and plant such as medical air compressors, oxygen concentrators and synthetic air systems. They also accept professional responsibility for the last independent check of an MGPS that, if faulty, could cause critical clinical consequences to patients. Their skills, as stated in HTM 02-01, must be maintained every 5 years.*

Tim is responsible for maintaining the Quality Controller (MGPS) register, which is a mandatory requirement for Quality Controllers, overseen by NHS Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Committee. He has also been instrumental in developing the training for Quality Controllers such as that delivered by Eastwood Park and ensures that training remains “fair and balanced” by its providers.

Although training ends with the same assessment, delivery differs, and Tim recognised the value of Eastwood Park’s scenario-based approach to training which gives the scope to explore competence in practical facilities which include a ‘live’ medical gas pipeline system – one of few in the UK outside of hospitals.

Eastwood Park delivers two Quality Controller courses, a 3-day introduction and a 2-day refresher which starts again on 10 March 2020. Contact our sales team on +44 (0)1454 262777 or email us to book your place.

*Health Technical Memorandum 02-01: Medical gas pipeline systems Part B: Operational management, pg. 14, 38