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Making a point: the rise in demand for phlebotomy skills due to pandemic


Phlebotomy training session

Phlebotomy a much-needed medical skill, say University trainers

The need for people with phlebotomy skills has increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to the University of Bradford. 

The University is hosting a series of two-day training sessions for healthcare professionals and anyone who wishes to undertake professional phlebotomy training.

Phlebotomy is the process of making a puncture in a vein usually in the arm, with a cannula, for the purpose of drawing blood.

Places for March are full but it is still possible to sign up for sessions in April and beyond.

This course is aimed at health professionals but also anyone in the community who feels they could benefit from this training or wanting to pursue a career in this area. Participants will gain a professional qualification at the end of the course.  No previous experience is required.

Training will take place at the Digital Health Enterprise Zone. Dr Liz Breen, Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, said: “Facilitating the provision of this training for our local healthcare workforce and students benefits our Bradford communities. This is incredibly important at this time and DHEZ is very pleased to support this activity.”

The Basic Phlebotomy Course covers the theory behind phlebotomy and provides participants with an opportunity to develop their practical skills. It is delivered by Phlebotomy Training Services, the first company in the UK to hold an accredited certificate.

The course will cover all of the competencies set out in CH132 (National Occupational Standard for Phlebotomy). Once completed, participants will have all of the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to work as a phlebotomist. There will be no more than eight participants per session on the course.

Please note there may be some slight alterations to the course structure to accommodate any Health & Safety restrictions required for the safe operation of the course during Covid-19. 

Additional information

Basic phlebotomy skills are nationally accredited. We are working with Phlebotomy Training Services to deliver phlebotomy courses to our local clinical community, providing training for healthcare providers in local hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres and private companies. The courses are also open to local people wishing to re-train as phlebotomists, providing the knowledge and hands-on experience required by employers.

Please select ONE of the following to book: 

Internal Applicant Bookings (UOB staff/students only)

External Applicant Bookings

Contact: Tricia Steele for more information.

Course details

Day 1: Background to phlebotomy health & safety in phlebotomy Infection control informed consent anatomy & physiology of arm site selection – good & bad veins complications needle stick injuries correct use of tourniquet.

Day 2: Practical summary of common blood tests guide to venipuncture equipment venipuncture technique process of taking blood correct use of safer sharps.