WHO WE TRAIN
There are many scenarios in which blood samples are needed, and a phlebotomist is called into action. The people who book onto our courses work in (or hope to work in) a variety of different settings, and are taking the course for a number of different reasons.
Many people are interested in becoming a phlebotomist, but find it difficult to break into the industry with no prior training or experience. Our training is the first step on their ladder. It gives them the confidence to work with patients, as well as giving possible employers tangible evidence of their abilities.
We come across a lot of people who are already working as a phlebotomist, but have never received any formal training. They feel they are being overtaken by people who have received training, and are loosing confidence in their own abilities.
It is important that these people take part in an accredited course to ensure they are up to date with the latest best practice and legislation, and reaffirm the knowledge they already have, which in turn gives them more confidence in their role.
Many organisations have need for phlebotomists:
- 1.The NHS, doctors’ surgeries and other private medical facilities need phlebotomists to help with diagnosis and treatment.
- 2. Research labs and universities often need to take blood tests as part of their studies.
- 3. The Armed Forces and various sporting establishments need to take regular blood tests as part of drug testing and other regular checks.
- 4. Home Care Agencies and Local Authorities like to offer training to their Home Care Assistants to enable them to take blood samples for the older people they care for, and save the need for a separate health visitor.
In these organisations, it is useful to have at least one member of staff who is qualified to perform the venepuncture procedure, rather than hiring freelance phlebotomists as and when they are needed.
These staff do not have to be clinically based. For example, we have trained receptionists in doctors surgeries, PhD students at universities, and team medics for the army.
An organisation can either send individual members of staff onto one of our courses around the country, or they can host a course for up to 12 members of staff in their own establishment.