UCL Medical School






£220 per person 

This ONE DAY course will take place 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.

Upon completion of the 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 then supervised by a suitable and competent person in your work place. You can use your card to record these events.

This course is attended mostly by research scientists, doctors and nurses. Members of the public who are exploring a career in phlebotomy may find it useful, however, we urge you to look at this website before signing up:



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.

      UCL College Medical School
      Clinical and Professional Skills Centre
      1st Floor, The Rockefeller Building,
      21, University Street,
      London, WC1E 6JJ
      0207 679 6915


      There are no courses running between Sept 2016- Sept 2017

      Cost £220 per person

      Maximum number of participants per course: 10.