Phlebotomists play a vital role in the NHS team and their primary duties is to utilise technical equipment to safely draw blood from patients which will ensure prompt and secure diagnosis of illnesses. The blood samples are then examined in a laboratory and the results will be used by clinicians to diagnose the patient’s condition or disease.

Training and Qualifications

Training for a phlebotomist role will often be on the job an employer. Although there is no set entry requirements to become a trainee phlebotomist, it might be useful to have experience working in a health and care setting either in a paid or voluntary role. You can see information on volunteering below.

As a phlebotomists you can become members of the National Association of Phlebotomists (NAP) or associate members of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) which offer training and conferences for phlebotomists.