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Phlebotomy Training: Who needs it?

12 years ago when she started Phlebotomy Training Services Alison had a slide in her original course the “Basic Phlebotomy Toolkit” that read

“Blood tests are usually requested by a doctor for diagnosis or for the management of long term medical conditions”

Blood was traditionally drawn by nurses but now we train Doctor’s receptionists and Healthcare Assistants to take blood to support their clinical colleagues and we also train people who need to take blood for research purposes, to produce PRP for use in aesthetic procedures and in dentistry and for a range of other purposes

Traditionally phlebotomy training was provided on the job by employers and while some phlebotomists in practice today are highly skilled others are…… less so.

We deliver a standardised phlebotomy training course – every learner, wherever in the country they are and whenever they train with us will be trained in the same way.

Before writing the course Alison went to the manufacturers of the blood collection systems and asked them how they expected their equipment to be used and wrote her training around that, and CHS 132 the Skills for Health Guidelines for obtaining venous blood samples.

Many practicing phlebotomists had never inserted a needle into anything before they took their first sample and we do not think that is right – we aren’t saying that on the job training is wrong – we think it’s essential – but we know that individuals who have acquired a base level of skill and knowledge before taking their first sample go on to make better phlebotomists.

They have a sound repeatable technique and understand why they are doing what they do.

On our courses you won’t be asked to take blood from each other, you’ll use pads and prosthetic arms to hone your skills so that when you come to take your first sample the only thing that gives you pause will be inserting the needle into real skin rather than a prosthetic.

The rest:
Identifying the patient, obtaining informed consent, washing your hands, checking if the patient has had any problems before when having blood taken, applying the tourniquet, palpating correctly, swabbing the site if required, changing the bottles whilst keeping the needle still, removing the needle, disposing of it safely applying pressure to the site to stop any bleeding, checking for allergy to plasters, applying a plaster to the site once the bleeding has stopped, inverting the samples, checking the patient’s ID, labelling the samples correctly and offering them aftercare, will all be second nature.

You don’t need any previous experience to train with us.

Our introductory phlebotomy training course “Understanding and Applying Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques” will give you all of the skills that are required to begin a career in phlebotomy.

There isn’t any “Recognised NHS Training” whatever some training providers may claim and no training organisation can give you a “NHS Certificate of Competency” – you can only earn one of those by being supervised in a place of work over a period of time while you are taking blood.

What we are proud to say is that we have been providing accredited phlebotomy training for 12 years and there are thousands of phlebotomists working in doctors surgeries, hospitals (and all sorts of other places too) up and down the country who hold our certificate

What are they earning as phlebotomists??

The simple answer to that is “It depends” but most phlebotomy jobs in the UK are on NHS bands 2 or 3 which equates to between £17,652 and £20,765 per annum full time dependent upon experience

But many phlebotomists work part time which will reduce that income dependent upon the hours worked.