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Phlebotomy (Venepuncture) Theory

Duration: 1 Day(s)
CPD Hours: 8
Start Time: 09:15
End Time: 16:30



This course covers the foundations of blood taking practice in adults. It forms a sound theory base before you begin to practice under supervision in your workplace. The course content is based on the WHO Guidelines on Drawing Blood: Best practices for Phlebotomy and covers all the theory you will need to know to perform evidence-based practice. It will start you on your journey to becoming competent and help you to work out where you need to go next to gain this highly sought-after skill.

This course is suitable for anyone who needs to take blood within their role, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, health care support workers and administration staff. It can be taken by complete beginners, but even experienced phlebotomists will learn something new and will help with updating knowledge.


"The course gave me the confidence to deliver a safe procedure. I am very confident for a bright future of taking bloods."

"Well presented, engaging, interesting course."

"I was suprised how much the content made sense as there was no practical."

Past course delegates



The rationale for taking blood from the arm and how it relates to your practice

What phlebotomy is and the anatomy and physiology surrounding it

How to ensure the conditions are right and increase your chances of taking blood

The equipment needed for taking blood and how to use it properly

Safety and infection control around blood-taking practice

Identifying, preventing and rectifying complications of phlebotomy

Difficult venepuncture tips and techniques for finding difficult veins

Professional and legal issues with practice and documentation

Practicing phlebotomy skills remotely during social distancing and lockdowns

How to gain competency in practice and what level of supervision is needed before practicing solo



By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Work to the highest standards of safety and infection control
  • Identify potential complications and minimise them
  • Identify and challenge poor practice of others to improve standards in your workplace
  • Improve the conditions for taking blood and locate the best anatomical sites Understand what is required from a professional and legal point of view
  • Identify the next steps for you to work towards competence
  • Feel excited about getting stuck in and learning this amazing new skill


  • Nurses
  • Administration Staff/Receptionists


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£ 180.00
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