• Level 3
  • 3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Cannulation Training

This cannulation training course is aimed at nurses, health care assistants and other health care professionals wishing to undertake this skill within their clinical duties.

Cannulation Training Course Summary

This cannulation training course is aimed at nurses, health care assistants and other health care professionals wishing to undertake this skill within their clinical duties.

This course will help you identify a vein and which ones are associated with cannulation.

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Course Summary

  • What is a vein and their structure
  • Identify the veins associated with cannulation
  • Characteristics of a good and bad vein
  • Patient status that may affect undertaking the procedure
  • Adverse reactions to the procedure
  • Understanding of how to deal with sharps injuries
  • Correct technique for hand hygiene
  • Principles of aseptic techniques
  • Understanding of universal precautions associated with cannulisation
  • Professional accountability and implications to practice

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    Where Do You Deliver The Cannulation Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. Furthermore, we are able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who Is This Cannulation Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Likewise, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Will Attending This Training Make Me Competent?

    In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency - be very wary of anyone claiming they can. However, our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency, we will provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency pro-formas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy. We have put together this handy blog and video content to explain how this works - click here to read.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Cannulation Training

Master the Essential Skill of Cannulation. Our  cannulation training course is an essential program designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective cannulation procedures.

This comprehensive cannulation training aims to enhance your understanding of various aspects related to cannulation, enabling you to deliver high-quality patient care with confidence.

In the NHS, Venepuncture (Phlebotomy) and Cannulation are commonly done procedures. To do them safely and well, it’s important for staff to have the right knowledge and skills, which will be taught in this course.

In this cannulation training, you will learn about veins and how to find them for cannulation.

You will also learn :

  • how to recognize good and bad veins,
  • how patient factors affect cannulation,
  • how to deal with bad reactions,
  • how to be safe with sharp objects,
  • how to wash your hands properly,
  • how to use aseptic non-touch techniques,
  • how to follow universal precautions, and
  • how to be responsible in cannulation practice.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the structure and function of veins.
  2. Identify veins suitable for cannulation.
  3. Differentiate between characteristics of good and bad veins for cannulation.
  4. Recognize patient factors that may impact the cannulation procedure.
  5. Identify and manage adverse reactions associated with cannulation.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of dealing with sharps injuries.
  7. Apply correct hand hygiene techniques during cannulation.
  8. Understand and implement principles of aseptic techniques.
  9. Comprehend universal precautions related to cannulation.
  10. Recognize professional accountability and its implications for practice.

Cannulation Training Course Outline:

1. Understanding Veins and their Structure:

  • Gain knowledge of veins, their anatomical structure, and their role in the circulatory system.
  • Identify the major veins commonly used for cannulation.

2. Vein Identification for Cannulation:

  • Learn techniques for locating and assessing suitable veins for cannulation.
  • Recognize the characteristics of a good vein and identify signs of a problematic vein.

3. Factors Affecting Cannulation:

  • Understand patient factors that may impact the cannulation procedure, such as medical conditions, medications, and allergies.
  • Recognize the importance of patient assessment before initiating cannulation.

4. Adverse Reactions and Complications:

  • Familiarize yourself with potential adverse reactions and complications associated with cannulation.
  • Learn how to identify and manage complications promptly and appropriately.

5. Sharps Injuries and Safety Measures:

  • Understand the risks of sharps injuries during cannulation procedures.
  • Learn strategies to prevent sharps injuries and proper management if an injury occurs.

6. Hand Hygiene Techniques:

  • Master the correct technique for effective hand hygiene before and after cannulation procedures.
  • Understand the importance of hand hygiene in preventing infection transmission.

7. Aseptic Technique:

  • Learn the principles of the aseptic technique and its application in cannulation procedures.
  • Understand how the aseptic technique can reduce the risk of infection during the cannulation process.

7. Universal Precautions:

  • Acquire knowledge of universal precautions associated with cannulation.
  • Understand the importance of adhering to infection control measures to protect both patients and healthcare providers.

8. Professional Accountability and Practice Implications:

  • Recognize the professional accountability and legal responsibilities involved in performing cannulation.
  • Understand the implications of cannulation practice on patient safety and quality of care.

Course Duration and Certification

The Level 3 Cannulation Training is a comprehensive course that spans 3 hours, providing participants with in-depth knowledge and practical skills. Upon successful completion, participants receive a prestigious 1-year certificate, validating their expertise in cannulation procedures.

  • Course Duration: 3 hours
  • Course Certificate: 1 year
  • Course Level: Level 3

Who is the cannulation training for?

Our Cannulation training is for healthcare workers who need to learn how to insert a small tube called a cannula into patients. This training is usually given to different types of healthcare professionals, such as:

  1. Nurses: They are trained to put the cannula into a patient’s vein to give medicine or take blood samples.
  2. Phlebotomists: These professionals focus on drawing blood, so they need to learn how to insert a cannula properly.
  3. Medical Assistants: They help prepare patients for medical procedures and support doctors in cannulation.
  4. Paramedics and EMTs: In emergencies, they might have to quickly put a cannula in a patient’s vein to give fluids or medicine.
  5. Doctors and Surgeons: Although they don’t do cannulation as often, they still receive training so they can do it when necessary, especially in emergencies.
  6. Midwives: Cannulation training is important for midwives, as they may need to establish intravenous access during childbirth or administer medications during labor.
  7. Pharmacists: Some pharmacists may receive cannulation training to expand their scope of practice, enabling them to administer certain medications intravenously.
  8. Physiotherapists: In certain specialized areas, such as sports medicine or intensive care, physiotherapists may undergo cannulation training to assist with fluid administration or pain management through intravenous routes.
  9. Occupational Therapists: Occupational therapists, particularly those working in acute or critical care settings, may receive cannulation training to support patient care and administer necessary treatments.

Benefits of Cannulation Training

  • Enhanced patient care: Cannulation training equips healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to perform venous cannulation accurately and safely, leading to improved patient care and outcomes.
  • Reduced complications: Proper cannulation training in cannulation helps minimize the risk of complications, such as hematoma, infection, or infiltration, by ensuring correct insertion techniques and adherence to aseptic practices.
  • Increased confidence: By completing cannulation training, healthcare professionals gain confidence in their abilities to identify suitable veins, perform the procedure, and handle potential complications, resulting in increased self-assurance in their practice.
  • Sharpened skills: Training enhances practitioners’ skills in vein identification, choosing appropriate cannula sizes, and managing adverse reactions, allowing for more efficient and effective cannulation procedures.
  • Compliance with best practices: Cannulation training ensures healthcare professionals are knowledgeable about current guidelines and best practices, enabling them to provide care in line with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Professional development: Acquiring cannulation training skills through training expands healthcare professionals’ expertise, potentially opening up new career opportunities and enhancing their overall professional development.

Questions and Answer

 How long is cannulation training?

The duration of cannulation training can vary depending on the specific course and the level of expertise required.

Basic cannulation training may take a few hours to a full day, while more advanced courses might span several days. At Caring for Care, our cannulation training is within 3 hours.

 What is cannulation training?

Cannulation training is the process of teaching healthcare professionals how to insert a cannula into a patient’s vein.

A cannula is a thin, flexible tube used to administer medications, fluids, or draw blood for tests. Training ensures that this procedure is done safely and effectively.

Do nurses learn to cannulate?

Yes, nurses often receive training in cannulation as it is a valuable skill in healthcare.

Learning to cannulate allows nurses to initiate intravenous (IV) therapy, administer medications, and perform other procedures that require access to a patient’s veins.

Who can do IV cannulation?

IV (Intravenous) cannulation can be performed by healthcare professionals who have received appropriate training and certification.

This includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other trained medical personnel. Proper training is essential to ensure that IV cannulation is done safely and with minimal discomfort to the patient.

Is cannulation the same as phlebotomy?

The answer is No. Cannulation is not the same as phlebotomy. While both procedures involve accessing a patient’s veins, they serve different purposes:

  • Cannulation involves the insertion of a cannula into a vein for various purposes, such as administering medications or fluids.
  • Phlebotomy is the process of drawing blood from a patient’s veins for diagnostic testing or blood donation. Phlebotomists are trained specifically for blood collection.

How long does it take to train as a phlebotomist?

The duration of phlebotomy training can vary depending on the specific course and the level of certification desired. At Caring for Care, our Level 3 Venepuncture-Phlebotomy Course is within 4-6 hours. The length of training can also depend on the specific requirements of the healthcare facility or training provider.

What is the difference between cannulation and venepuncture?

Cannulation and venepuncture are related procedures, but there are differences between them:

  • Cannulation involves the insertion of a cannula (a thin, flexible tube) into a vein, typically for the purpose of delivering fluids or medications directly into the bloodstream.
  • Venepuncture, on the other hand, refers to the process of puncturing a vein with a needle, usually to collect a blood sample for diagnostic testing. It does not involve leaving a tube (cannula) in place as in cannulation.

How hard is cannulation?

Cannulation can be challenging for beginners, but with proper training and practice, it becomes easier.

The difficulty of cannulation can vary from patient to patient, depending on factors like vein visibility and patient cooperation.

Nurses and healthcare professionals undergo training to develop the necessary skills and confidence to perform cannulation effectively and with minimal discomfort to the patient.

Do nurses learn to cannulate?

Yes, nurses often learn to cannulate as part of their training and education. At Caring for Care, we have trained thousands of nurses on the procedure and we have had wonderful reviews about our training.

Cannulation is a valuable skill in healthcare, allowing nurses to initiate intravenous (IV) therapy and administer medications or fluids directly into a patient’s bloodstream.

Learning to cannulate is an essential aspect of a nurse’s education and clinical practice, and it is typically taught and practiced during nursing training programs.

Any cannulation training near me?

We conduct cannulation training across the UK and specifically in Stoke-on-Trent, York, London, Epsom, Warrington, Swindon. Check out the available date and time for Cannulation training within the area closest to you.


Difference between Cannulation training and Venepuncture training?

Cannulation training and venepuncture training are similar but have key differences:


  • Cannulation training: About putting a thin tube (cannula) into a vein for giving fluids or meds, or drawing blood over time.
  • Venepuncture training: Specifically for puncturing a vein to take blood for tests.


  • Cannulation: Choosing the right cannula size, securing it well, and keeping it in place are important.
  • Venepuncture: Finding a good vein and getting a blood sample successfully are the main points.

At Caring for Care, we would usually combine both training for our clinical public courses.

As I have told others... It is the best, most informative training I have ever attended