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Venepuncture training

The NUH phlebotomy department has developed a bespoke venepuncture training course to provide a good level of theory along with practical experience in order to close the gap between learning the skill on a training aid and performing venepuncture on live patients.

Trainees will receive a wealth of knowledge from one of our senior phlebotomists with over 10 years’ experience along with hints, tips and troubleshooting advice. In addition, compared with a number of other external courses, trainees will receive practical experience on real patients under close 1:1 supervision, to gain confidence performing venepuncture.

Our years of experience in teaching these skills ensure that the course is designed to meet the needs of all trainees from those with no previous experience up to those who may simply need to refresh their skills.

All our venepuncture trainers have been trained to NAP requirements, and all training material has been verified by NAP, so they are able to provide the most up-to-date training, knowledge and skills.

The training course is suitable for all staff working in the NHS or a similar healthcare setting. We are also happy to receive applications for training from individuals who do not currently work in healthcare but are looking to gain some skills for use in a future new career.

The course takes the form of two full days, as well as an additional six hours booked within six weeks of Day 2 to attain a specified number of competencies.

Contact us

We are contactable Mon - Fri, 8am until 2pm.

Tel: 0115 969 1169 Ext: 52011


Course programme

Day 1

Theory based (with practice on a training aid arm).

  • Registration and welcome
  • Infection control
  • Health and safety
  • Information governance
  • Basic phlebotomy associated first aid
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Equipment assembly and use
  • Completing venepuncture
  • Phlebotomy associated problem solving
  • Practical training
  • Practical exam and MCQ; both of these tests will need to be passed in order to progress to day two

Day 2

  • Practical exam/MCQ test (if retake required)
  • Full day practical session at either the QMC or City campus Phlebotomy Outpatient department
  • Mid way through day two there will be an opportunity to reconvene and feed back on any difficulties you may be experiencing so that trainees are supported according to their individual needs

6 hour 1:1 practical session

  • This 6 hour session will enable trainees to attain 20 competencies with 1:1 support and supervision from a phlebotomist (please note, some trainees may achieve some of their competencies on day 2)
  • The 6 hours may be booked as either a 1 x 6 hour session, or 2 x 3 hour sessions
  • The 6 hours must be booked and attended within 6 weeks of attending day 2 of the course


Course fee £495 per person

Fee includes

  • Theory and practical training
  • A full day of practical training within the QMC or City blood room on day 2
  • 6 hours of 1:1 supervision with support to bleed patients within the QMC or City blood room
  • Study materials
  • Certificate of Competency in Venepuncture which will be valid for a period of one year from the date of successfully achieving 20th competency

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the training?

The entire training cost (including an additional 6 hours of 1:1 training for trainees to complete their competencies) is priced at £495.

Why has this training been set up?

This is primarily in response to a high volume of staff requests wishing to gain or improve upon their existing venepuncture skills. In addition, working in the interest and safety of our patients, this course allows the department to feel sure the training has been conducted to a high standard. 

Is this course linked to any other venepuncture training provided within or external to the hospital?

The two day venepuncture course provided by the NUH Phlebotomy Department is not connected to any other courses provided externally. We do appreciate that some trainees attending will have completed some form of training already (possibly a self-directed study pack or a separate course), however all attendees on the course would need to attend both days as well as complete competencies within our department.

Why should I choose this two day course?

You will receive a wealth of knowledge and experience from a senior phlebotomist with 10+ years’ experience, with hints/tips and troubleshooting advice. In addition, compared to a number of other external courses, you will receive a wealth of practical experience on real patients under close supervision, so that you gain confidence performing venepuncture. 

Are there any prerequisites to attending the course?

We expect all trainees applying for this course to: Be employed by an NHS organisation Have a current and valid CRB.

What equipment will I be trained to use?

You will be trained to perform venepuncture using the BD vacutainer system.

Do you expect any prior knowledge?

We would expect staff attending to have a certain level of knowledge of infection control and health and safety etc. Although the course will cover these topics in relation to venepuncture, we have condensed the course to allow for maximum practical training.

What happens if I fail?

You will receive a maximum of two attempts to pass both the MCQ and practical assessment. You will receive verbal feedback on your performance if you should fail either the MCQ or practical element on your first attempt; you will then be given some time to review your study material, and then be re examined. If you fail on your second attempt, you will receive detailed written feedback, and you will not be able to progress to live bleeding on Day 2. You will be offered the opportunity to re-book onto the two day course at a discounted rate.