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Phlebotomist

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Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients, and send them off for analysis and testing.

Average salary (a year)

£18,005 Starter

to

£24,157 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a phlebotomist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

There are no set entry requirements to become a trainee phlebotomist, although you may have an advantage if you've got a college qualification like:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

Level 2 or 3 courses in health and social care usually include work placements, which will help you to get a job afterwards.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship as a healthcare science assistant, specialising in phlebotomy.

You could also do an intermediate apprenticeship as a healthcare support worker and then apply for a trainee role in phlebotomy.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a healthcare assistant and work your way up through training and promotion.

Volunteering

Employers look for relevant work experience so it would be helpful if you've worked or volunteered in a health or social care role.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice. Do-it also has information on voluntary opportunities in your area.

Direct Application

You could apply directly to work as a phlebotomist. There are no set requirements, although at least 2 GCSEs and a first aid certificate may be helpful.

Some employers may ask for a qualification in healthcare or health and social care.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the National Association of Phlebotomists and Institute of Biomedical Science for professional recognition and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become a phlebotomist from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You may need a driving licence for some jobs. 

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • explain the procedure to patients
  • reassure nervous or distressed patients
  • insert a hypodermic needle and drawing off the blood into a tube
  • apply a dressing to the puncture made by the needle
  • label the blood sample
  • deliver the sample to the correct laboratory
  • complete records and entering data on a computer

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience you could be a senior phlebotomist and have responsibility for more complex work. You could also become a team leader or manager.

Your skills and experience in phlebotomy could give you an advantage if you want to go into donor care and work with the NHS Blood and Transplant Service.

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