5D Health Protection Group limited

multi award winning microbiology laboratory


Education and Training

The 5D Education Academy is a high-quality education and training division of the 5D Health Protection Group. Built on a reputation of world-leading knowledge and excellence in science the 5D Education Academy provides education courses with practical information and solutions relevant to industrial needs. We work with business leaders to identify where training and education is needed and implement strategies to improve the alignment of both internal stakeholder such as sales, business development, marketing, manufacturing, R&D and external stakeholders such as clinicians. 

Every company has learning needs. 5D understands and also appreciates the challenges and demands on businesses ensuring value with measurable outcomes. We have many training options on offer which vary from one day courses to more long term training on set dates, times and locations. 

All training courses can be taught on our client’s own premises or at specific centres in the UK.

We Provide Educational and Training Resources - With strong links to New Academic Science

Examples of 5D Courses We Offer

We offer both standard courses, including the Back to Basics Series and also more bespoke courses specific for a customer and industrial sector need. Examples of some our Back to Basics courses are shown below.

The Back to Basics courses are designed as an introduction to a specific area of customer need. They are designed for sales, marketing and R&D departments and board members to ensure that all stakeholder in a company are aligned to the most up to date and relevant information in a specific field. These courses are specifically designed for individuals that want to understand the basic principals of a subject area or want to build upon an existing knowledge base. It is often attended by individuals who want to learn about up date methods, principals and procedures and enhance their present knowledge and skills. 

We also have and develop more advanced courses for customers. These could include a more advanced biofilms course for medical personnel or an infection prevention and control course on the use and mode of action of antimicrobials. Our training and educational support have been used widely by many organisations on a global scale. We can carry out these course at our own premises, at local venues, on company premises or overseas venues. We are a solutions provider and adapt and respond to what are customers needs dictate.

Examples of Education and Training Opportunities

Training is important and an on-going necessity in any organisation. Essentially, if people are not growing in their skills and knowledge, a company will not grow either.

On-going training and development of employees is vital for an organisation to stay competitive and enhance creative innovation. 

In addition, to supporting our customers in supplying training courses we also provide a number of other educational and training services. This list is not exhaustive as many services are bespoke to our customer's needs. Examples of other services we offer include:

  • Providing presentations on behalf of our clients at workshops, conferences and forum meetings
  • Writing white papers, leaflets, marketing campaigns, journal articles (please see our publications section)
  • Presenting posters at local and international conferences (please see examples of posters in our publications section)
  • Organise workshops and local/international conferences on behalf of our client.
Our Back to Basics Courses Are Fundamental For Company Wide Alignment

Microbiology - Back to Basics Series

Introduction to Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms that are considered too small to be seen by the naked eye i.e. microscopic. These microscopic living organisms include viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeasts, moulds, protozoa and prions.

This course is aimed to introduce the participant to the fundamentals of microbiology including understanding the different types of microbes, their basic needs and requirements, their basic biochemical requirements, how microbes replicate and grow, the survival strategies of microbes, the benefits of microbes in areas such as medicine, food production, the environment, drinking water and the roles they play in public health, the environment and industry as a whole.

The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments. 

Introduction to Biofilms

The formation of a biofilm is a natural phenomena which involves attachment of microbes onto a surface or to each other. Biofilms have been reported to be associated with over 65% of all hospital acquired infections and over 80% of all human infections. The surface that microbes attach onto can be living or non-living. Once the microbes have attached onto a 'surface' they multiply and become encased within a support matrix that is composed of polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, metal ions and DNA. This matrix is referred to as the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS).

This course is aimed to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of biofilmology including what a biofilm is, how biofilms form, the benefits and detrimental effects of biofilms, the financial impact of biofilms and the methods that are employed to either enhance the formation of biofilm for beneficial effects or the methods that are employed for the prevention, management and control of biofilms.

The course will look at the different types of industries and sectors that biofilms have a major impact on. The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments. 

Introduction to Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

An antimicrobial is referred to as any substance, be it natural or synthetic that is able to inhibit or kill microorganisms. Examples of antimicrobials include antibiotics, disinfectants and antiseptics. This course is aimed to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of antimicrobials including the different types eg an antibiotic is an antimicrobial but not all antimicrobials are antibiotics, their basic mode of actions, their features and benefits and the roles they play in public health, the environment and industry as a whole.

In addition, the course will look at the role of antimicrobials and antibiotics and the issues of antimicrobial resistance. We will cover the basic definitions and how the emergence and spread of resistance occurs. Furthermore, the course will cover how microbes become resistant and how this can be reduced or controlled and provide the course participants with helpful insight as to how antimicrobial resistance and tolerance are related and the role that biofilms play in the growth and dissemination of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments.  

Introduction to Biofilms in Medicine and Industry

Biofilms - Back to Basics Series

Introduction to Biofilms

Microroganisms exist in two phenotypic states - the free floating or planktonic state and the sessile or attached stage. In fact in any environment 99% of all bacteria are attached onto something. This course will provide the participants with fundamental information as to how biofilms form, proliferate and disseminate.

Methods used to control biofilms will be discussed within this course as will numerous case studies to highlight the worldwide problems of biofilms. The course will consist of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments. 

Biofilms in the Water Industry

Biofilm growth on pipes in a potable water system is a natural phenomena. However, when biofilm grow inside pipes they have the ability to allow for the growth of pathogen and problematic microbes that are a concern to public health.

This course will provide the reader with the fundamentals of water microbiology and biofilms.

Biofilm Control in Healthcare and Medicine

Biofilms have been reported to be associated with over 65% of all hospital acquired infections and 80% of all human infections and diseases. This course will provide the participants with all the fundamentals of biofilms and their control in healthcare and within many medical conditions. Information will be provided on up to date academic research that is taking place to control biofilms and preventing their formation in the first place.

The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments.




Introduction to Woundcare, Wound Microbiology and Wound Infections

Wound Care Management - Back to Basics Series

At 5D we have over 20 years of experience in woundcare with many of our employees having worked in many different woundcare companies and public health bodies.

In addition we regularly provide presentations, write papers and reports in woundcare. As we are at the forefront of woundcare innovation, R&D and product development we can provide hands on experience of woundcare technologies. 

The course will consist of lectures, seminars, laboratory demonstrations and also hands-on practical experiments. 

Other Courses

  • Biofilms and Wounds
  • Biofilm Management in Wounds
  • The Science of Wound Healing
  • Microbiology in Acute and Chronic Wounds
  • Toxins and Effects on Wound Healing
  • Silver and Chronic Wound Management
  • Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections.
5D International Course - Introduction to the Fundamentals of Microbiology and Biofilms: Related to Health & Medicine

Main Course and Workshop

At 5D we are running a number of courses and always developing new ones for our customers. Examples of courses we are running at the moment are shown below.

Introduction to the Fundamentals of Microbiology and Biofilms

Microbiology is the study of living organisms (microorganisms) that cannot be seen by the naked eye. When microorganisms stick to each other and/or a surface and become encased in sugars and proteins, they are called biofilms. Biofilms impact many industries, both beneficially and detrimentally. 

Biofilms are central to many of the major global challenges and issues society is faced with, including clean and safe food and water, infectious diseases and chronic infections, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), consumer wellbeing, medical device related infections and hospital acquired infections.

In medicine in particular, infections and chronic conditions that are associated with biofilms are very challenging to manage and eradicate.

Aims of the Course

The 4-day CPD accredited course ‘Introduction to the Fundamentals of Microbiology and Biofilms: Related to Health & Medicine’ aims to introduce participants to the fundamentals of microbiology and biofilms relevant to medicine and human health.

A series of lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical exercises will provide the participants with useable knowledge on the fundamentals of biofilms, microbiology, antimicrobials and the biofilm models that are employed to study biofilms. In particular, the participants will gain experience of how-to setup many different biofilm models that are used routinely to evaluate the efficacy of medical devices and antimicrobial agents. Whilst the course is focused on the medical and health concerns of biofilms, in particular wound healing, the fundamental knowledge and skills gained throughout the course will be transferable to many different industries.

This course can be run over 4 days or 2 days depending on the customer needs. To discuss your training and educational needs please contact us at info@5Dhpg.com or call on +44 (0) 151 794 9279.  



Introduction to Biofilms Course

Company Achievements

Certified by BSi for ISO 9001:2015
Certified by BSi for ISO 13485:2016
Accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025:2017

CPD Accredited Training Courses - 2020
Winner of 3 Innovate UK funding competitions - 2016, 2017, 2018
Winner of the monthly Merseyside Innovation Award competition May 2018
Winner of the Annual Merseyside Innovation Award competition 2018
Winner of 7 National Biofilm Innovation Centre (NBIC) funding competitions 2019, 2020, 2021 
Winner of the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards - Best Global Microbiology Laboratory 2019

Winner of Northern Enterprise Awards - Best Contract Microbiology Laboratory 2020

Winner of the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards - Best CRO and Biofilm-Antibiofilm Centre 2020

Winner of Global Health & Pharma Excellence Awards - Best Contract Research and Microbiology Testing Organisation 2021 

Prof Steven Percival

Chief Executive Officer

Steven has over 28 years’ experience at senior management and Vice President levels in R&D, commercial and general management gained in FTSE 100, AIM listed and privately owned companies involved in medical device development, biomedical R&D, academic research and public health.

He has also invented and developed many medical devices that continue to be sold globally. Steven also holds the position of honorary Professor at The University of Liverpool. He has a PhD in biofilms and microbiology, an MSc in Health Sciences, an MSc in Medical Microbiology and a diploma in business administration. He has written over 430 scientific publications and conference abstracts and edited/authored eight textbooks and provided over 300 presentations worldwide. He sits on many international panels and industrial advisory boards linked to medical devices, woundcare, biofilms, antimicrobials, infection prevention and control.

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Mr Martin Crowe

Finance Director

Martin is a CIMA Qualified accountant with over 30 years experience at Financial Director level.

He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology industries having worked at Corning Inc, J Bibby Science Products, Advanced Medical Solutions Plc and Sants Pharmaceuticals. With a good understanding of a range of manufacturing industries, Martin uses his commercial insight to streamline business processes, improve financial control, and increase efficiency.

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Dr Karen Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Karen is a lawyer with over 30 years legal experience, is qualified to practice law in the U.K. and the U.S. (Florida), and is a Governance Professional.

In addition to her professional qualifications she holds an LL.B (hons) and a Juris Doctor (cum laude). She has worked in private practice in the U.K., the U.S. and Hong Kong and in-house in the U.S. for Tech Data Corporation and in the U.K. for Alfred McAlpine Plc and Advanced Medical Solutions Group Plc. She has served as a non-executive on the board of Parkhaven Trust, a residential care home charity and is a current non-executive trustee for the SBA, the Solicitors' Charity.

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Mr Kris Flinn

Commercial Sales Director

Kris has over 20 years of proven success gained at senior commercial levels in numerous FTSE 100, AIM listed and privately owned companies.

Kris has proven success developing and launching new innovative technologies, or addressing problem areas of a business. His analytical approach combined with his ability to build working relationships has ensured that he has always delivered ambitious solutions within company budgets. Kris believes in creating a supportive and communicative departmental environment with accountability and transparency for all roles.

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Dr Stephen Law

Research & Innovation Manager

Stephen has over 30 years experience gained in many multinational organisations involved in product development and R&D.

He has extensive knowledge and skills in polymeric materials including fibres and films, membranes and beads particularly in textile fibres, composites and medical fibres for woundcare. Steven has a PhD from Leeds University gained in the Department of Textile Industries, where he won the Paul Schlack Man-made Fibres prize 1999.

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Dr Fergus Watson

Operations Manager & Principal Microbiologist

Fergus has over 10 years of microbiology, antimicrobials, biofilms, decontamination, product development and scientific research experience gained while working as a senior scientist, product manager and laboratory manager at Bioquell UK Ltd and Ecolabs.

He holds a first class honour degree in biological sciences and a PhD in microbiology and biofilms from the University of Southampton. Fergus has authored many research publications in microbiology, infection and antimicrobial testing and development.

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Dr Neville Freeman

Principal Scientist

Neville is Principal Scientist at the 5D Health Protection Group. He has worked for numerous multi national companies and SME’s, in senior roles contributing to new and innovative products, engaged both with the fundamental science and the commercialisation.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and hold a visiting position at Manchester University (Physics Department). Neville has been invited to speak at scientific conferences in Europe, USA and Far East. Other honours have included invitations to exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition and present at the British Association’s Festival of Science. He has served on national (e.g. IEE nanotechnology committee) and regional steering groups and won awards (e.g. National Measurement Award, National Physical Laboratory) and regional awards (e.g. Merseyside Innovation Award). He has published 34 journal papers and contributed to 25 patents.

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Dr Rui Chen

Senior Scientist – Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Biologics

Dr Chen has over 20 years experience in the fields of cell biology, biocompatibility, inflammation, wound modelling, biomaterials, tissue engineering and product development.

Dr Rui Chen gained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2001 and then developed a successful research career as a PDRA and senior scientist working with a number of research groups around the world developing his reputation as an expert in the field of biomaterials, cell biology and tissue engineering. He has published a number of high impact rated research papers and presented his pioneer research at local and international conferences.

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Dr Marcus Swann

Senior Scientist – Biosensors, Biomarkers & Diagnostics

Marcus has over 30 years’ experience of scientific research and development and in bringing sensing and measurement technologies to market, principally in the areas of surface analysis and biosensing.

He has worked both in academia and industry and has collaborated with international groups in universities and in support of commercial R&D. Marcus has a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol in Electrochemistry and has contributed to over 90 scientific publications and patents.

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Customer Testimonials

  • "We have found 5D Health Protection very informative and responsive to the work proposals, questions and final data. 5D Health were very helpful and clear in their support and advice throughout the study"
  • "5D provided an excellent service regarding product evaluation, consultancy and education"
  • "If anybody is looking to begin working with biofilms, they need to look at this course. It is run by top notch people, and they make it fun"
  • "Excellent communication of timelines"
  • “Always happy to discuss test methods and results with us”
  • “All testing was conducted as agreed, clear and professional report supplied”
  • "Very quick response to the initial request. Very professional and helpful advice to the requested studies. Very Supportive staff"
  • "If not for this course, we would likely never be able to get our lab up and running in a timely manner. This was a HUGE time saver in the long run"

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