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Hi!

I've been thinking of becoming a Phlebotomist, Is there anyone here who actually is one? How do I apply and become one? :confused:
I already have a degree in Pharmaceutical Science and I've been looking for a job in the NHS and it 's been difficult. How long do you have to train for to become a phlebotomist.

Are there any decent websites to check this out?

I would be grateful for some good advice.
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Hi,
Well done for gaining a pharmaceutical science degree. Here is a link I found while I was searching for courses but yet do the course.
Best of luck
http://www.phlebotomytraining.co.uk/
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Did anyone else have to look up what phlebotomy is?

Or was it just me? :getmecoat:
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Did anyone else have to look up what phlebotomy is?

Or was it just me? :getmecoat:
I had to aswell
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I had to aswell
Totally off-topic, but wow, you have a Cambridge maths offer which has a B in it and only asks for 1,2 on STEP? Are you just like... a total god who they had to have at all costs? I'm half-stunned and half-jealous :awesome: If you don't mind my asking, how come your offer is lower than usual?
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Phlebotomy is a job not a career it's pure psychomotor technician stuff ... the pay band 2 or 3 reflects this.
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My mum is a phlebotomist and left school at fourteen.

They chuck you into the deep end straight away, but she's done nursing for years and this has been her favourite area.

She's always complaining about how most doctors are sh*t at taking blood too.
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No you don't need any A levels or a degree....some people just do the course to get some type of experience of working in a hospital.
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My mum is a phlebotomist and left school at fourteen.

They chuck you into the deep end straight away, but she's done nursing for years and this has been her favourite area.

She's always complaining about how most doctors are sh*t at taking blood too.
My cousin is a nurse and she loves taking blood too!
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Totally off-topic, but wow, you have a Cambridge maths offer which has a B in it and only asks for 1,2 on STEP? Are you just like... a total god who they had to have at all costs? I'm half-stunned and half-jealous :awesome: If you don't mind my asking, how come your offer is lower than usual?
I'm not like a total god. I am a total god

I think it might be to do with the fact I don't do FM? Although I can't see how that was such an important factor that they dropped me a grade in both A levels and STEP. But hey, I'm not complaining

I doubt I'll make the offer though
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My cousin is a nurse and she loves taking blood too!
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Cool, glad to have found someone else who does ha ha.
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I trained to be a phlebotomist while i was studying at university.

i completed my training at barnet chase farm hospital where i sat 2 exams and did over 100 venepunctures.

however after that i found it difficult to find work even after registering with agencies.

the problem with phlebotomy is you will start at 8 am and finish by 12 everyday-

you will need to be awake, and reliable-
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I looked at this, and searched the courses which all look interesting but very expensive. when i went on to some website talking about phlebotomy though, some national institute, they said that these qualifications were worthless, and that they would be teaching you everything you need to know on the job, and not to waste your money.
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Where can I train? I live in Dagenham. Is there an age limit?
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Hi im looking to becoming a phlebotomist i only have gcses and i been working in care for past 5yrs. I just want to no how i go about doing it
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Hi im looking to becoming a phlebotomist i only have gcses and i been working in care for past 5yrs. I just want to no how i go about doing it
Most jobs usually ask for a certificate of competency, others offer training - usually allowing development to a HCA. Most of the phleb jobs I've seen require some form of experience, but I'm unsure if they want phleb experience or not. Jobs can be found here: http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

Depending on your location you can get a phleb certificate for around £80ish, make sure you do live bleeding sessions though as well as your course.

Your GCSEs will be handy when applying to jobs as they may be a requirement, but the course does not have any prerequisites for education. Good luck!
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Do i have to go to uni! And thankyou for getting back to me
(Original post by uwotuwot)
Most jobs usually ask for a certificate of competency, others offer training - usually allowing development to a HCA. Most of the phleb jobs I've seen require some form of experience, but I'm unsure if they want phleb experience or not. Jobs can be found here: http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

Depending on your location you can get a phleb certificate for around £80ish, make sure you do live bleeding sessions though as well as your course.

Your GCSEs will be handy when applying to jobs as they may be a requirement, but the course does not have any prerequisites for education. Good luck!
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(Original post by Angecl)
Do i have to go to uni! And thankyou for getting back to me
No you don't have to attend uni. You just need to pay for a phlebotomy training course which will last 2 - 3 days - google phlebotomy courses near you and you should find some, you should have to pay more than £150 for it. Try to find one with training sessions on live volunteers, that'll be a benefit when you're applying for jobs. Your 5 years of experience in a health care role will be a big plus when applying for jobs.
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Thankyou very much appreciated ur advice
(Original post by uwotuwot)
No you don't have to attend uni. You just need to pay for a phlebotomy training course which will last 2 - 3 days - google phlebotomy courses near you and you should find some, you should have to pay more than £150 for it. Try to find one with training sessions on live volunteers, that'll be a benefit when you're applying for jobs. Your 5 years of experience in a health care role will be a big plus when applying for jobs.
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