This comprehensive workshop will enable participants to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to gain competence in Venepuncture and / or  Peripheral IV Cannulation (in a half or full day course).

During the practical workshop learners will undergo supervised instruction and practice using training manikins. On successful completion learners who are new to venepuncture / cannulation are required to gain competency under clinical supervision within their own workplace: competency frameworks will be provided.

All learners will receive a CPD certificate and downloadable handouts.

Target audience: nurses, health care assistants, support workers pharmacists, phlebotomists and other health care staff involved in venepuncture / phlebotomy.

Level: suitable for those new to venepuncture / cannulation as well as those requiring an update.

  • Course duration: half day (venepuncture or cannulation only) – 1 day (venepuncture & cannulation) 
  • CPD hours: 3.5 / 7 hours compromising of theoretical & practical workshop, simulated competency assessment and theory test
  • Maximum no of delegates: 15

New dates for Spring 2020 coming soon!

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the professional and legal issues surrounding venepuncture /cannulation.
  • Understand venous anatomy and suitability of vessels for venepuncture / cannulation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of vein selection criteria.
  • Awareness of available equipment: vacuumed systems, ‘butterflies’ etc.
  • Practical workshop – instruction, supervision, hints and tips.
  • Demonstration of safe and competent procedure.
  • Understand the common complications, e.g. haematoma, extravasation, needlestick injury etc.
  • Awareness of practical steps to minimise risks to the patient and member of staff.

Course content includes:

  • Overview of professional aspects of venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Overview of the venous anatomy of the human arm and leg and criteria for vein selection.
  • Equipment available – review of the common blood sampling / cannulation and safety devices available.
  • Practical techniques under expert supervision using the most up-to-date training manikins available.
  • Complications of venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Documentation.

Documentation and ongoing assessment of devices.

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Is this course accredited?

Yes, the course is accredited with the CPD Certification Service.

What materials will be provided?

All delegates will have access to a course workbook which includes relevant references and sources of further reading.

Is lunch provided?

No, teas and coffees etc are provided, however lunch is not. There are food outlets close to the venue, or feel free to bring your own lunch.

Further information

Please contact us if you would like more information about our courses, or if you would like to discuss your training needs.

Tracy Hamilton
Business Administrator & Course Co-ordinator

Tel: 0330 3210 228