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Cannulation course


£220 per person

This ONE DAY course will take place in a purpose built Clinical and Professional Skills Centre in UCL Medical School. In a small group of 8 – 10 people you will be instructed in how to take blood ensuring that you adhere to strict infection control principles and our local Trust Policies.

Your tutor will either be an acute care nurse or a medical doctor.

After practicing the skill on a manikin you will have the opportunity to cannulate a fellow participant.

When you finish your course we will provide you with a Certificate of Attendance and a progression to competency card to take away with you.

We recommend that you are supervised by a suitable and competent person in your work place at least 5 times. You can use your card to record these events.

Please Note:

  1. You will NOT receive a certificate of COMPETENCE. You cannot claim that you are competent in cannulation after only one successful attempt on a real person.
  2. We are unable to organise any voluntary work in our associated hospitals for you to gain further experience. You will have to arrange this yourself

Course objectives

By the end of this session, candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate infection control principles when performing cannulation.
  • Insert a cannula into a manikin arm.
  • Take blood via the cannula on immediate insertion.
  • List the potential complications during and after inserting a cannula.
  • Perform a venous cannulation on a real person under supervision.

Course outline

  • The session will start off with a theoretical component followed by demonstrations and then practice. Participants will practice on simulation arms – no more than 2 participants per arm.
  • You will be given ample opportunity to practise on the manikins.
  • Once confident at cannulating the manikin you will have the opportunity cannulate a fellow participant.
Equipment & Guidelines

You will be taught following procedural policy and using equipment as recommended by our local Hospital Trust (UCH). Please note that you need to check the policy in your own healthcare environment as there may be subtle differences

Certification and Other Details

On completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming that you have achieved the above objectives. Supervised cannulation in a clinical setting on real patients is required by most Trust policies to achieve proficiency in this skill. As part of this course, we will advise you on how this can be achieved and give you a progression to competency card.


This course is designed for any healthcare professional, trained phlebotomist  or research scientist who is required to cannulate patients in a clinical or research environment. The maximum number of participants per course is 10.


The course is designed, written and taught by experienced nursing and medical clinicians, all of whom have years of experience teaching practical procedures.


The course will be held at The Clinical and Professional Skills Centre on the UCL Campus.

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University College Medical School

Clinical and Professional Skills Centre

1st Floor, The Rockefeller Building,

21, University Street,

London, WC1E 6JJ

0207 679 6915




£220 per person

Maximum number of participants per course: 10