• Level 3
  • 4 -6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Venepuncture Training

This phlebotomy venepuncture training course is aimed at all healthcare staff. Specifically registered nurses, carers and support workers who’s role include taking bloods.

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This phlebotomy venepuncture training course is aimed at all healthcare staff—specifically, registered nurses, carers and support workers whose roles include taking blood.

This is ideal for staff looking to improve their skills in venepuncture.

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Course Summary

  • Define Venepuncture
  • Discuss accountability and consent
  • Identify roles and responsibilities, relevant to the area of work and Venepuncture
  • Label anatomy of vein assess and select suitable sites for Venepuncture and sites to be avoided
  • Describe scenarios when not to take blood
  • List equipment required for Venepuncture
  • Discuss and list labelling a sample accurately
  • Explain order of draw and it’s importance
  • Identify relevant polices and procedures to area of work
  • Discuss and practice skills such as timing, using less dominant hand, tourniquet usage and also angles of needle
  • Outline basic first aid in relation to Phlebotomy
  • Reflective piece based on Venepuncture experience – seeing it from patients point of view
  • Review the full procedure
  • Practice by using a simulation arm

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    Where Do You Deliver The Venepuncture 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. In addition, we are able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who ss this training For?

    This Venipuncture 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. 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.

Venepuncture Training (Venepuncture Course)

This phlebotomy venepuncture training course is aimed at all healthcare staff—specifically, registered nurses, carers and support workers whose roles include taking blood.

Essentially, this is ideal for staff looking to improve their skills in Venepuncture. 

Furthermore, the Venepuncture training will improve the student’s knowledge of Venepuncture’s theory, including the correct order of draw, the anatomy of veins and how to select a suitable site – allowing students to practice using a synthetic arm.


Venepuncture Course Summary:

The Venepuncture Training course is designed to provide you with the essential skills for safe and effective blood sample collection. Throughout this 4-6 hours intensive training, you will learn how to identify the appropriate anatomical sites for venepuncture and understand the critical importance of obtaining informed consent from patients.

You will gain hands-on experience in utilizing the necessary equipment and mastering the proper procedures for labeling samples accurately.

The course also covers basic first aid for phlebotomy and ways to ensure patient comfort. By the end, you’ll have the knowledge and skills for confident venepuncture and be ready to serve as a skilled healthcare professional.


Who should attend the Venepuncture Training course?

The Venepuncture Training course is designed for healthcare professionals and individuals who are involved in collecting blood samples, such as nurses, phlebotomists, and laboratory technicians.

It’s suitable for those who want to learn or enhance their venepuncture skills and ensure safe and accurate blood sample collection.


Venepuncture Course Outline

1. Define Venepuncture:

Introduction to venepuncture as the process of puncturing a vein to collect blood samples for diagnostic purposes.

2. Discuss accountability and consent:

Understand the importance of obtaining informed consent from patients and the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with performing venepuncture.

3. Identify roles and responsibilities relevant to the area of work and Venepuncture:

Explore the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals involved in venepuncture within their specific work settings.

4. Label anatomy of veins, assess and select suitable sites for Venepuncture, and identify sites to be avoided:

Learn about the anatomy of veins and develop the skills to assess and select appropriate sites for venepuncture while considering factors such as patient comfort and safety.

5. Describe scenarios when not to take blood:

Identify situations where venepuncture may be contraindicated or precautions need to be taken, such as when a patient has compromised veins or is at risk of bleeding.

6. List equipment required for Venepuncture:

Familiarise yourself with the necessary equipment for venepuncture, including needles, syringes, tubes, tourniquets, and specimen labels.

7. Discuss and list accurate sample labelling:

Understand the importance of correctly labelling blood samples to ensure accurate identification and traceability throughout the laboratory process.

8. Explain the order of draw and its importance:

Learn about the proper sequence of collecting different types of blood tubes and its significance in preventing sample contamination or interference.

9. Identify relevant policies and procedures specific to the area of work:

Understand and adhere to the policies and procedures related to venepuncture within your specific work environment to ensure compliance and patient safety.

10. Discuss and practice skills such as timing, using the less dominant hand, tourniquet usage, and angles of needle insertion:

Develop and refine practical skills involved in venepuncture, including proper timing, using the non-dominant hand, applying tourniquets correctly, and mastering the angles of needle insertion.

11. Outline basic first aid in relation to Phlebotomy:

Learn essential first aid techniques relevant to phlebotomy, such as managing bleeding, adverse reactions, and infection control practices.

12. Reflective piece based on Venepuncture experience – seeing it from the patient’s point of view:

Reflect on the patient’s perspective during the venepuncture procedure, emphasizing empathy, communication, and providing a positive patient experience.

13. Review the full procedure:

Summarise and review the entire venepuncture procedure, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of each step and its importance in delivering safe and accurate patient care.

14. Practice using a simulation arm:

Engage in hands-on practice using a simulation arm, allowing participants to simulate the venepuncture procedure, build confidence, and refine their technique.


On completion of the Venepuncture training course, participants will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to perform venepuncture safely and effectively, ensuring accurate sample collection and patient comfort.


Please note:

This course contains a full practical session, however, it is performed and a mannequin. If you are looking for a course which will give you full competency unfortunately this will not meet those requirements.

  • Identify the suitable veins for Venepuncture.
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for both the practitioner and the patient.
  • To discuss the equipment used for performing Venepuncture.
  • To be aware of the full procedure and raise awareness for potential policy variations.
  • To provide simulated practice in a controlled environment to help develop Venepuncture skills.
  • To consider Venepuncture from a patient’s point of view.


Venepuncture is an essential aspect of study when preparing for an OSCE. Venepuncture is closely linked to OSCE examinations, as it is often included as a required skill to be assessed during the assessment. Mastering the technique of venepuncture is crucial for success in the OSCE and to demonstrate proficiency in performing this important clinical procedure.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the Venepuncture Training course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand why and how we do venepuncture to collect blood safely and accurately.
  2. Know your roles and responsibilities in venepuncture and follow ethical guidelines.
  3. Find and label veins, choose the right spots for venepuncture, and know which spots to avoid.
  4. Follow the correct procedures to get patient consent and be accountable in your venepuncture practice.
  5. Use the necessary equipment like needles, tubes, and tourniquets properly while keeping patients comfortable and safe.
  6. Label blood samples accurately so they can be tracked in the laboratory.
  7. Collect different types of blood tubes in the right order to prevent contamination.
  8. Follow the policies, procedures, and rules for venepuncture at your workplace.
  9. Develop practical skills like timing, using your non-dominant hand, applying tourniquets correctly, and inserting needles properly.
  10. Use basic first aid for phlebotomy, including managing bleeding and preventing infections.
  11. Understand the patient’s perspective during venepuncture and communicate effectively.
  12. Review the whole venepuncture process to make sure you understand each step.
  13. Practice using simulation arms to improve your venepuncture technique and gain confidence.

After finishing the Venepuncture Training course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to perform venepuncture safely and effectively, ensuring accurate sample collection and providing compassionate patient care.

Questions and Answers

1. What is venepuncture, and why is it important?

Answer: Venepuncture is a medical procedure in which a healthcare professional collects a blood sample from a patient’s vein. It’s essential because it helps diagnose, monitor, and treat various medical conditions. Blood samples are used for a wide range of tests, such as checking for infections, monitoring chronic conditions, and ensuring patient safety during medical treatments.

2. Is certification provided upon completion of the course?

Yes, participants who successfully complete the Venepuncture Training course will receive a certification. This certification verifies that you have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to perform venepuncture safely and effectively. It can be a valuable addition to your professional portfolio.

3. What are the career prospects after completing the Venepuncture Training course?

After completing the course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to perform venepuncture, making you a valuable asset in healthcare settings.

Many professionals who are proficient in venepuncture find opportunities in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other healthcare facilities.

This course can enhance your career prospects and open doors to various healthcare roles where venepuncture is a vital skill.

4. What topics are covered during the practical hands-on sessions of the Venepuncture Training course?

Answer: The practical sessions of the course cover a wide range of essential topics, including:

  • Locating veins and identifying suitable venepuncture sites.
  • Correct needle insertion techniques.
  • Applying tourniquets for successful venepuncture.
  • Proper labeling of blood samples.
  • Realistic simulations using phlebotomy arms to practice and refine venepuncture skills.

These hands-on sessions ensure that participants gain practical experience and confidence in performing venepuncture.

5. Will I have the opportunity to practice using a synthetic arm during the course?

Answer: Yes, the Venepuncture Training course includes hands-on practice with a synthetic arm model. This practical experience allows participants to develop and refine their venepuncture technique in a controlled environment before working with real patients. It’s an essential part of the training to build confidence and competence.

6. What is OSCE, and will it be part of the Venepuncture Training course?

Answer: OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination. It’s a form of assessment used to evaluate clinical and practical skills in a standardized and structured manner. While OSCE may not be part of the core course, some training programs may offer an optional OSCE assessment as an additional opportunity to demonstrate your venepuncture skills. Be sure to check with your course provider for details on OSCE availability.

7. How do I become a phlebotomist?

Answer: To become a phlebotomist, you typically need to complete a training program, which includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience. This training is offered by various institutions, including Caring for Care Limited in the UK. Once you complete the training, you may also need to obtain certification, depending on the requirements in your area.

8. Where can I study phlebotomy in the UK?

Answer: If you’re looking to start your path to becoming a phlebotomist, Caring for Care Limited is an excellent choice. Our comprehensive Phlebotomy-Venepuncture course provides a well-rounded learning experience, covering both the practical and theoretical aspects of the role. You’ll not only learn the essential techniques for drawing blood but also gain knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of phlebotomy, ensuring you have a solid understanding of the procedures and principles involved.

Our phlebotomy course is designed to equip you with the expertise needed to perform venepuncture with confidence. Choosing Caring for Care Limited for your phlebotomy training means opting for a program that prioritises both hands-on experience and classroom instruction.

We offer phlebotomy courses in Stoke on Trent, London, Epsom, Warrington, Swindon, York, and across the UK. For group training, you can call the number at the top right of the website to book.