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UCL Medical School News

UCLMS Seminar: The intercalated BSc - Dr Melvyn Jones - 10th March

Mar 05, 2014 11:24AM

The intercalated BSc - why do medical schools offer them and what do they achieve?


Provost’s Public Engagement Awards

Feb 12, 2014 14:23PM

Winner: Engager of the year (researcher/academic grade 8 and above) Dr Jayne Kavanagh, UCL Medical School


Jane Dacre holds first MRCP PACES in Myanmar

Jan 08, 2014 10:49AM

This November, Professor Jane Dacre led the very first PACES for MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) in Myanmar. This was successfully held in New Yangon General Hospital, one of the teaching hospitals of the University of Medicine, Yangon.


UCLMS Social Media Policy

Nov 01, 2013 17:10PM

Social media has become a powerful part of the web in recent years and has changed the way we communicate and collaborate online.  Many organisations, such as the GMC and the BMA, politicians and medical journals are actively using social media and discussions of various aspects of the professional lives of doctors are increasingly seen on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.


Obituary: Dr Daniel Brudney

Oct 02, 2013 09:08AM

We are very sad to report the death of Dr Daniel Brudney in a car crash on Friday 13 September.


Venepuncture/Phlebotomy course


This ONE DAY course will occur in a purpose built Clinical 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 practising the skill on a manikin you will have the opportunity to take blood from a fellow participant providing they give consent.

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; only of Attendance. You cannot claim that you are competent in phlebotomy after only one successful attempt on a real person. Competence will be deemed by future employers and can vary between institutions.
  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 phlebotomy.
  • Use both the butterfly system and the vacutainer system to collect a blood sample.
  • List the potential complications during and after taking blood.
  • Take blood from a real person under supervision.

Course outline

  • The session will begin with a theoretical component followed by demonstrations and then practise.
  • Participants will practise on simulation arms – never more than 2 participants per arm.
  • You will be given ample opportunity to practise on the manikins.
  • Once confident at taking blood from the manikin you will have the opportunity to take blood from a fellow participant providing they give consent.
Certification and Other Details

On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate confirming that you have ATTENDED the course and achieved the above objectives.

Supervised phlebotomy in a clinical setting on real patients is required by most trust policies to achieve full proficiency in this skill.

Equipment & Guidelines

You will have the opportunity to use butterfly needles and vacutainer blood taking systems.

It may be worthwhile checking which system is more commonly used at your facility so that we can concentrate on that.


This course is designed for any healthcare professional or research scientist who is required to take blood from patients in a clinical or research environment. We also accept members of the public who are planning to pursue a career as a hospital phlebotomist. Maximum number of participants per course is 10.

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


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

Rockefeller Building

University College Medical School

Clinical and Professional Skills Centre

1st Floor, The Rockefeller Building,

21, University Street,

London, WC1E 6JJ

0207 679 6915


Phlebotomy Fri 15th Nov 2013
10am- 5pm
Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Tues 17th Dec 2013
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Thurs 23rd Jan 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Thurs 20th Feb 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Weds 19th March 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Thurs 3rd Apr 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Thurs 22nd May 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Thurs 12th June 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked
Phlebotomy Weds 9th July 2014
10am- 5pm Fully Booked

Cost £170 per person

Maximum number of participants per course: 10

N.B More course dates for the next academic year (beginning Oct 2014) will be advertised from July 2014.