Phlebotomy (Venepuncture) Update

This course is aimed at those who are currently taking venous blood samples and wish to update their phlebotomy (venepuncture) skills and demonstrate their continuing competence – includes a review of the theory and practice of taking blood from the arm and dorsum of the hand.

Review of:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Reasons for carrying out phlebotomy
  • Different methods of phlebotomy
  • Identification of veins suitable for phlebotomy
  • Contraindications and unsuitable veins
  • Potential problems and how to address them
  • Relevant policies and procedures
  • Equipment used locally
  • Assessment of and communication with patients
  • Obtaining informed consent
  • Health and safety
  • Infection control and safe disposal of equipment
  • Demonstration of competence on a teaching model
  • Appropriate documentation of procedure


Discussion re: recommended versus actual practice. Sharing of good practice.

Please note that places for CAMBS GP NETWORK practices are free as they are being subsidised. Click here to see list of practices.

Other practices are welcome to attend for a £35 fee.

Please note that you will need to bring your own refreshments as they are not provided.