Our Services NHS Professionals Academy Clinical Courses Introduction to Venepuncture

Introduction to Venepuncture


Course Overview:

This course will equip you with the theory and practical skills to support you in your return to your clinical workplace for competency sign-off in taking venous blood samples from the arm.


Indicative Audience:

Health Care Workers who are required to undertake venepuncture


Aims of the programme:

  • To understand the normal anatomy and physiology of the veins of the arm
  • To understand the principles of safe venepuncture procedure and understand the risks associated with an invasive procedure
  • To safely perform venepuncture


Course Content:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the arm
  • Informed consent
  • Health and safety procedures and risk assessment
  • Undertaking the correct procedure, including use and disposal of equipment, choosing the right vein and maintaining patient safety.
  • The role of the health care worker
  • Record Keeping
  • Referring to a health care professional


Indicative Duration: 

1 day

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