Course Structure

Cord Blood Phlebotomy Course

This Course will be delivered in two parts: Theory and Practical.

Theory: An introduction about Stem cells, their origin, sources and their use in Medicine will be discussed. This will be followed by discussion about the Anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system. We will be highlighting the role of stem cells in treatment of certain disorders and diseases and how we can maximise their collection from cord and placenta using techniques specific to the course.

Apart from teaching techniques in procuring stem cells, we will take you through the best ways of confronting difficult situations where a collection fails or when exsistance of certain risks affect your collection in one way or another.

Bedside manner as well as telephone etiquette will be the kind of skills you are expected to master for this role.

Finally, we will cover the legal aspects of cord blood collections in the UK and will discuss the legislations governing this profession.

Following completion of this lecture, a short assessment will be given to all applicants. you will need a pass with at least 75% to be able to go to the next level i.e. practical training.

Practical training or shadowing will involve attending hospitals or birth centres and observing a qualified cord blood phlebotomist in action. you will be given an opportunity to procure cord blood under supervision. once the instructing phlebotomist is satisfied with your performance, he or she will sign you off and give you a letter of approval.

Following the completion of this part of training, we will award you a Certificate of Competence in Cord Blood Phlebotomy.

 

Venepuncture Course

This Course is also comprised of two parts: Theory and Practical.

Theory: A history of Phlebotomy or Venepuncture technique will be followed by related Anatomy of the Veins we most commonly use for the techniques. All aspects of health and safety will be covered and you will learn techniques by which you can maximise the chances of obtaining a good blood sample with the first attempt of bleeding.

Hand washing techniques and provisions and precautions against needle stick injuries will be thoroughly taught.

Correct application of torniquets and pressure in qualifying difficult veins for venepuncture will be passed onto you during this course. you will learn how to handle patients who could be fearful or have needle phobia.

You will learn the techniques of Vaccutainers and syringes and become familiar with the Order of draw.

Practical: At the end of your theory training, you will get an opportunity to practice on consenting adults in your classroom under supervision. you will be given more practical opportunities by attending live blood draw sessions which will be provided to you a week after your training.

Following procurement of at least 5 successful blood draws in a row, we will award you with a certificate of Competence in Venepuncture.

 

Paediatric Phlebotomy Course

This Course is also comprised of a single part: Theory

Theory: A history of Paediatric Phlebotomy or Venepuncture technique will be followed by related Anatomy of the Veins we most commonly use for the techniques. Different techniques of venepuncture on children based on their age group will be discussed. All aspects of health and safety will be covered and you will learn techniques by which you can maximise the chances of obtaining a good blood sample with the first attempt of bleeding.

Hand washing techniques and provisions and precautions against needle stick injuries will be thoroughly taught.

A thorough discussion on the challanges of Paediatric Blood draw will be held at the training. The role of parents in comforting their children and the kind of professionalism that is expected from you will be covered in deatils.

Correct application of torniquets and pressure in qualifying difficult veins for venepuncture will be passed onto you during this course. you will learn how to handle patients who could be fearful or have needle phobia.

You will learn the techniques of Vaccutainers and syringes and become familiar with the Order of draw.

 

Providing that you already posses a certificate of competenct and have at least one year experience in phlebotomy, we will award you with a certificate of Competence in Paediatric Phlebotomy..