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Phlebotomy

Phlebotomist

How do you become a phlebotomist?

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Phlebotomy

phle·bot·o·my  /fləˈbätəmē/

Noun:       The surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to withdraw blood or introduce a fluid, or (historically) as part of the procedure…

Synonyms:      bloodletting – venesection

Phlebotomy is the act of drawing or removing blood from the circulatory system through a cut (incision) or puncture in order to obtain a sample for analysis and diagnosis. Phlebotomy is also done as part of the patient’s treatment for certain blood disorders.
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Phlebotomist

Drawing blood safely and painlessly is a critical procedure in healthcare, and it’s a job that requires a skilled hand

The National Association of Phlebotomists definition of a Phlebotomist is:  a professional performing Venepuncture as a main role within a Healthcare setting

NHS careers website identifies Phlebotomists as:

Phlebotomists are specialised clinical support workers/assistant healthcare scientists who collect blood from patients for examination in laboratories, the results of which provide valuable information to diagnosing illness.

Phlebotomists are responsible for taking blood without harming the patient or disturbing the nursing care they are receiving at the time. They also need to ensure the blood is taken correctly, as if specimens are harmed during collection, test results may be unobtainable or worthless. Once the blood is taken, phlebotomists are also responsible for transporting the specimen to the correct laboratory, as and when, required.

Many phlebotomists work part-time, and others may combine phlebotomy as part of their role as a clinical support worker/ assistant healthcare scientist.
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How do you become a phlebotomist?

There are no specific minimum requirements to work in phlebotomy, although a good range of GCSEs would be an advantage.

If you are working within a clinical setup, training will usually be entirely on the job and will include learning to take blood from different patient groups, including children and the elderly.

 

If you are not in a clinical setup, then on the job training is not possible, and phlebotomy training is needed to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills for the job.

 

Training courses are designed to introduce the knowledge and skills required to become a phlebotomist, as well as practical sessions – mainly “dry” blood on lifelike extremely realistic mannequins.

 

Having completed a training course in phlebotomy, this places you in a much stronger position over others to get a paid job or at least a training position.

 

 

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Competency

Clinica have developed an entry level competency training course, in accordance with NHS CHS 132 to obtain venous blood sample 17 Criteria

The course is designed to allow trainees to gain the necessary phlebotomy knowledge and understanding as well as gaining practical skills.

 

At the end of the course trainees will be awarded a certificate of attendance as well as entry level competency.

Individuals are different and time needed to achieve competence is also different.

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Career/jobs

A career in phlebotomy should be interesting and rewarding.

There is a shortage of skilled phlebotomists, and getting a job following completion of a course would be relatively uncomplicated.

The great thing about it is that you can become a phlebotomist in a very short time: a training course plus an average of 3-6 weeks to obtain competency – that is all!

 

Candidates can apply to work with the NHS, private clinics, hospitals or surgeries, or within research facilities.

Most NHS trusts advertise vacancies on the NHS Jobs website, for trainee positions, as well as for qualified phlebotomists. Vacancies are also advertised in the local press and job centres.

Additionally, you can contact the human resources department officer or head biomedical scientist at a hospital where you would like to work.
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