Phlebotomy – the drawing of blood – is a centuries-old procedure which remains one of the most commonly practiced in healthcare. Routinely requested by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from many settings, approximately 720 million pathology tests involving a blood sample are processed and reported each year in England alone. The results enable those looking after patients to monitor their wellbeing, make correct diagnoses and prescribe or modify treatment for various diseases and health conditions.

More than just extracting blood from a vein, the process involves a number of careful steps each needed to ensure the quality of the blood specimen, the hygienic use of equipment and, crucially, the safety and comfort of the patient. The duties of a phlebotomist as such encompass understanding report forms and test requirements, explaining the procedure to the patient, drawing blood with efficiency and minimal discomfort and then making sure specimens are handled correctly to guarantee valid laboratory results and avoid transmitting blood-borne illnesses.

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Far from being only based in hospital pathology departments, phlebotomists now commonly undertake their work at GP surgeries, clinics, nursing homes, blood donation centres, scientific laboratories and even the private healthcare facilities of military bases and major sporting events. In fact, as many local and national authorities seek to improve access to phlebotomy services, the need for mobile phlebotomists is now on the rise and presents an exciting new career avenue for qualified candidates looking for a varied work environment. In whichever setting they wish to practice, however, all those training in phlebotomy can rest assured that demand for specialists is exceptionally high and is set to increase steadily alongside medical advances, expanding healthcare needs and an increasingly aging population.

After a relatively short training period and no commitment to lengthy education programmes, becoming a phlebotomist offers a solid point of entry into the healthcare field, recession-proof job security and a chance to play a crucial part in clinical support teams alongside physicians, technicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Those possessing the key competencies needed are able to provide a great service and enjoy the fulfilment of work based largely on human interaction and patient care. With courses suitable for both healthcare professionals and those coming to the field for the first time, Floreo’s training has been designed to develop all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to begin practicing right away.