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At  Slough Phlebotomy training centre we offer courses for non-medical staff and medical staff. It is not necessary that you require a medical background or have any experience in this field as all training will be provided to ensure you are confident and competently taking bloods from patients.

The first day of training is an introduction to Phlebotomy and a theory manual is given to the student, which they read in their own time and is theirs to keep. If the student has any questions or queries regarding the theory manual they can always come and ask the trainer.

What is the difference between the 5day and 10 day course?
In regards to the 5-day course you will be taught theory and how to take bloods from patients with the vaccutainer and butterfly systems. So you will have 2.5 days with the vaccutainer system and 2.5 days with the butterfly system a total of 14 hours. (Approximately 50-60 patients)

In regards to the 10-day course you will be taught theory and how to take bloods from patients with the vaccutainer and butterfly systems. So you will have 5 days with the vaccutainer system and 5 days with the butterfly system a total of 28 hours. (Approximately 100-120 patients)

How large are the classes?
All training provided is delivered on a one to one basis to ensure that the candidate has the opportunity to work closely with an assessor, and with the specialist training equipment, allowing for a more thorough and robust assessment.

Can I still attend for the course, even if I have no experience in taking blood?
Yes, the basic course is defined to suit people with little or no experience in taking blood. All that is required is a good understanding of English. In our experience some of our best students have come to the course with no prior knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Will this training help me get a job afterwards?
Nearly all applicants for junior Phlebotomist’s posts in the UK, especially in the NHS, have no previous experience or qualifications. By achieving this award and including it on your CV, you will have shown that you have already made a significant commitment towards training, and will have an advantage over other applicants.

This award will improve your chances of securing a junior Phlebotomy post (Pay Band 2) within the NHS. Once you have gained more experience with patients you will be able to apply for the better paid posts available elsewhere, including the private sector, or self-employed.

How long is the certificate valid for?
Your certificate is recommended for renewal 12 months after the certificate date. We strongly recommend that you take our refresher course after 12 months if you have not actively worked as a Phlebotomist. You will then be issued with a new certificate and up-to-date validity.

Do you use safety equipment in your training?
We do, all of our training complies with the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 as required by law.

What is the dress code?
Trainees could you please wear dark coloured flat shoes, a plain coloured top, and dark trousers (no denim). Only 2 small stud (silver or gold) earrings may be worn, one in each ear. One plain ring, silver or gold is permitted. Nails must be short, false nails and nail varnish are not permitted. Hair must be tied back off the collar, long ponytails are not acceptable and must be clipped up.