What's it like to work as a phlebotomist?

We know a new course and career can be daunting so we had a chat with one of our trainers, Sarah who was keen to tell us about her phlebotomy career, as well as what you can expect on one of our courses.

What made you want to become a phlebotomist?
My first experience of venepuncture was aged 15 and I remember fainting which gave me a distorted impression that this would always happen. The second time I had it done it was a much better experience and so I wanted to learn to be a good phlebotomist.

What does your role as a phlebotomist entail?
In my role patients pay for blood tests as part of a health assessment so I take blood, test the blood and explain the results of cholesterol and sugar level tests. I then package it and create laboratory forms to send it to the lab. I find it really rewarding to be able to help improve their lifestyle choices to help their well-being.

How did you get into Phlebotomy?
Phlebotomy was a requirement of my role as a Health Adviser. No previous experience was required in phlebotomy, I was trained on the job in the clinic and despite being nervous, loved it from day one.

What inspires you to train people to become phlebotomists? 
My inspiration as a phlebotomy trainer is helping people gain the knowledge to go on and excel at venepuncture to ensure more patients have a better experience.

What would you say to anyone considering qualifying as a phlebotomist?
Phlebotomy is a very rewarding career, very varied and dynamic. Don't be put off if you are scared of blood or needles; you can help other patients to have a good experience because you understand their fears.

 Why would you recommend a career in phlebotomy?
A career in phlebotomy offers you flexible working, a wide variety of opportunities and opens lots of doors to progress your career. 

What participants can expect from the course?
From our course, we will give you great insight into the health and safety, legislation and best practices to ensure you are the best phlebotomist you can be. You don't need any previous experience but also refreshers are welcomed too.

No question is a silly question, we are all here to learn, I learn lots from my participants and ensure you go away feeling enabled as a phlebotomist. I will support you on the course all the way to completion with a smile.

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Top 5 reasons to become a phlebotomist

If you're looking into a new career or considering upskilling in your current role, here are our top 5 reasons why qualifying as a phlebotomist could be a great step for you.

1. You can qualify as a phlebotomist in two days.
Completing the introduction course will land you with all you need to start getting experience or work as a qualified phlebotomist.

2. Previous experience as a healthcare professional is not essential.
Our courses are open to everyone. All you need is a desire to learn, understand and apply the techniques we teach you. There are practical and written assessments which are all done on the course.

3. Career options are varied.
From working in hospitals or surgeries to working in the community, there are loads of options for our graduates. Even those who already have careers in other fields such as personal trainers can benefit from upskilling to include phlebotomy services for their clients. Students at college or sixth form who are eager to impress when applying for medicine or nursing often take the course so they're a step ahead of their competition.

4. You can build your confidence with additional training.
Upon completing the introduction course, you can bolster what you've learned with an advance techniques course or our live bloods experience where you can take blood from real patients in a real doctors' surgery. They'll not only help build your confidence but also your C.V.

5. Our trainers get brill feedback.
After all our courses, we ask for feedback from our students and they're always so complimentary about our trainers and assessors. Our trainers know how to put their students' minds at ease and make the training fun and engaging.

Learn why people train to be phlebotomists with us.

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