Practical Phlebotomy Skills (Face-to-face + Theory element)


A practical face to face course made up of two elements:

Part 1 – Half day face-to-face workshop  and

Part 2 – The theory element – this is delivered either as a half day virtual session on Zoom or as a fully online course. The choice on how you cover the theory element is up to you.

Both Part 1 & Part 2 are required to be achieved to successfully complete this course 

Further details below.

CPD Hours 7



This course combines a half day practical face to face workshop with a fully online theory course or a virtual half day theory course covering all the elements you will need to start taking blood. You will be updated on the background and rationale for blood taking practice and an exploration of the equipment and processes to bring you up to speed with the skill.


So who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone who is new to phlebotomy or looking for a practical skills workshop to accompany the theory training. This may be include those who have not practiced their skills for some time or may be changing their role in healthcare organisations.


Who is the trainer?

Alys Bunce has over 10 years of travel health nursing experience working predominantly for Nomad as a Specialist Education Nurse and Lead Nurse in their travel clinics. She is also a qualified teacher and has worked as an adult education lecturer. The majority of Alys’s work time is spent writing and delivering clinical training programmes including immunisation, phlebotomy and travel health. She also writes for a travel health journal and even finds time to be a mum to two young children.

So what’s included in this practical training course?

This course is delivered in two parts:

Part 1 – The practical workshop

This half day face to face practical workshop will provide you with hands on time with our experienced trainer to practice all the skills that you will have learned about in your theory part of the course.

Practical face-to-face workshop session times are:

AM sessions – 9.00am – 12.30pm

PM session – 1.30pm – 5pm

Part 2 – The theory element 

Online option

If you choose the fully online options for the theory element you can take the course in your own time and we would recommend completing the course before your practical workshop session.

Virtual option

If you select the virtual session they are delivered on Zoom  and are all morning sessions with the following times – 9.15 am to 1pm

We would strongly recommend choosing a date before you practice workshop date.


Course content 

  • Roles and responsibilities for practitioner 
  • Summary of national standards, current resources and legal aspects of phlebotomy
  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Practical demonstrate of techniques 
  • Safety, infection control, ANTT and consent 
  • Equipment 
  • Complications of phlebotomy using case studies 
  • Competency and sign off of skills in practice 
  • Practical workshop – putting it into practice 


So what’s NOT included in this phlebotomy training course?

You will observe practical demonstrations throughout the course and you will have the option to explore/practice with the equipment. 

The course doesn’t cover cannulation. This requires an additional course.

Whilst the course covers blood taking techniques for children, it does not cover techniques such as scalp and heel prick samples which are specialist skills requiring additional training.

Arterial blood gas technique and analysis are not covered on this course

Venous blood gases can be obtained from the principles learned on this course.  However, using blood gas machines and blood gas analysis are not covered on the course.


Are there any other considerations with this training?

A reminder, this course is made up of two elements, the practical workshop and the theory element. In order to complete this course, both elements will be required to be completed.

Practical face-to-face workshop session times are:

AM sessions – 9.00am – 12.30pm

PM session – 1.30pm – 5pm

The virtual sessions delivered on Zoom are all AM sessions running from 9.15 am to 1pm


Please also note that the guidelines recommend a period of supervised practice in addition to comprehensive foundation training for new practitioners.


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Additional information

Workshop dates

28th January 2022 Manchester (PM session), 20th February 2022 Leeds (AM session), 25th March 2022 London (PM session), 18th May 2022 Manchester (AM session), 3rd June 2022 Leeds (PM Session)

Theory component - Online or Virtual

Online course option, 2nd February 2022 via Zoom, 16th March 2022 via Zoom, 27th April 2022 via Zoom, 10th June 2022 via Zoom, 20th July 2022 via Zoom


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