This competency based training has been developed and tailored for trainee Phlebotomists to be trained and equipped with the knowledge and skills required to perform their duties and responsibilities with the highest level of quality.
- Enabling confidence and competency in all Phlebotomy duties
- Executing Phlebotomy duties according to the governing regulations, which apply to this working environment i.e. Health & Safety, Infection Control, and Patient Confidentiality
- To identify and deliver valuable updates for existing phlebotomists, Nurses and Doctors
- To improve outcomes for health workers and patients
- To maintain continuous training in all areas to sustain the high standards of service delivered and encouraging multi-skilling
At the end of the training period, you will be expected to cover the following areas:
The objectives of these guidelines are to:
- Improve knowledge and awareness of the risks associated with phlebotomy among all health workers involved in the practice.
- Increase safe practices and reduce blood borne virus exposure and transmission.
- Improve patient confidence and comfort.
- Improve the quality of laboratory tests.
- To assess patients presenting for blood tests as per the indications and contra-indications for the practice of Venepuncture.
- To follow codes of confidentiality, security, health and safety.
- Ensuring that service is of high quality, patient focussed, and in a timely manner.
- To identify the samples required for the investigation requested.
- To be able to explain and re-assure patients and/or their carers on the procedure to be undertaken.
Training competency and assessment method:
Training will be provided on a one to one basis and will include learning to take blood from different patient groups from the age of seven and above.
The aim of this program is to provide the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge in phlebotomy. As a student you will undertake various duties such as:
- Working within a General Practice (GP) surgery.
- Understanding the importance of professional standards and codes of practice
- Understanding the methods of blood collection
- The aspects of blood taking and the requirements for different sample tubes and labelling protocols
- Anatomical and physiological considerations in choosing appropriate sites for venepuncture
- The health and safety aspects of phlebotomy
- Infection control.
As a phlebotomist, you’ll need:
- To be caring and kind
- Willing to be hands-on with patients
- To be able to put patients at ease – they might feel anxious about giving blood
- Able to follow instructions and procedures
- Able to work in a team but use your own initiative
- Able to explain procedures to patients, careful and methodical
You’ll also need:
- Good communication skills
- Including listening skills
- Good organisational and observational skills