Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists are trained on the job and so securing a trainee phlebotomist position is recommended. The training includes theory and practical work including. how to take blood from different patient groups, including children and the elderly. different ways to take blood. health and safety.

Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. Also called a blood draw or venipuncture, it’s an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions.

Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements to become a trainee phlebotomist. Employers usually ask for at least two GCSEs or equivalent. They may ask for a BTEC or equivalent vocational qualification in health and social care or healthcare.

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, in either paid or voluntary work. There are apprenticeships in healthcare that would give you relevant experience to apply for a trainee phlebotomist position. You could work as a healthcare assistant, and then receive training in phlebotomy so that you can take patient’s blood.

Must have skills
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

Training and development
Phlebotomists are trained on the job and so securing a trainee phlebotomist position is recommended. The training includes theory and practical work including

– How to take blood from different patient groups, including children and the elderly
– Different ways to take blood
– Health and safety
– Anatomy and physiology
– Labelling samples

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