Performing Phlebotomy in Primary Care

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Course Delivery & Duration

The module begins with a mandatory one-day workshop followed by 16 weeks of self-managed study. The accredited course can be used as part of our Cert. HE Primary Care qualification.

Notional Study Time 200 hours
Duration 4 months

Suitable For

Administration Staff, Health Care Assistant, Nurse, Registered Healthcare Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner


Teesside University UCCE Performing Phlebotomy in Primary Care 20 Credits Level 4

Outline Content

This module is designed for primary health care assistants and other members of the health care team, where a need has been identified for them to expand their role and gain new knowledge and skills in performing phlebotomy in their field of practice.

The content includes consideration of the patient experience, the structure of blood vessels, overview of blood tests commonly requested for patients in the primary acre setting, technique for taking blood including a practical session, accountability, infection prevention and health and safety issues related to phlebotomy.

Entry Criteria

Students must be employed as a primary health care assistant or a member of the wider health care team for a minimum of 8 hours per week and work alongside a registered nurse who will act as a Practice Mentor and support them in the clinical environment.

As part of the assessment involves writing an essay, it is important that students have a good ability to write clearly in English. You must be able to complete the Literacy & Numeracy Assessment Tools at the Skills for Health website.


Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate and evaluate own capabilities in key areas and engage in development activity through guided self-direction
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to clarify tasks and identify and rectify issues in a range of contexts
  • Operate competently and responsibly in digital environments such as entering blood requests
  • Develop a broader understanding of the knowledge base to identify principles underlying theoretical frameworks and begin to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to venepuncture
  • Collect information and data from a variety of sources and articulate findings in an appropriate format
  • Provide informed solutions to standard problems in familiar contexts for example problems encountered during phlebotomy procedure
  • Analyse a range of information and judge the reliability of data and information using predefined techniques such as selection of appropriate phlebotomy tools
  • Operate under supervision in a range of varied but predictable contexts
  • Reflect on the performance of tasks which may be complex and non-routine such as problems encountered during phlebotomy
  • Be aware of ethical issues in relation to personal beliefs and values such as consent and capacity

Section Headings

  • Preparing and supporting the patient throughout the procedure
  • Structure of blood vessels
  • The venous system of the arm
  • Infection prevention
  • Procedure for taking blood
  • Selection of appropriate equipment and sample bottles
  • Health and safety issues related to safe practice when performing phlebotomy
  • Informed consent/capacity
  • Common problems encountered during phlebotomy
  • Accountability
  • Introduction to academic writing and study skills


Students on the non-accredited course will complete a competency booklet within the clinical setting while working alongside the registered nurse mentor who will sign to verify achievement of competence.

The summative assessment on the accredited course has two components. There is one written assignment and a competency based booklet. The assignment and competency booklet must be submitted together by week 16 of the module

Component 1:

The student will complete a competency based booklet within the clinical setting alongside the registered nurse who will sign to verify achievement of competence.

Learning Outcomes assessed are: PT2, PT3, RKC3, PS1.

Component 2:

Students will submit a 2,000 word written assignment to demonstrate their understanding of the practical skills and underpinning knowledge required for venepuncture.

Learning Outcomes assessed are: PT1, RKC1, RKC2, RKC4, PS2, PS3

This will be assessed according to the student’s ability to:

  • Describe individual needs which patients may have when attending for venepuncture
  • Identify correct sample bottles and forms required for the different types of venous blood samples
  • Show awareness of the process and requirements for each venous blood sample required
  • Identify principles of infection prevention and safe practice when performing phlebotomy
  • Show awareness of evidence based practice through application of relevant literature and national/local policy
  • Adhere to the School of Health & Social Care policy for confidentiality and consent
  • Adhere to the School of Health & Social Care guidance for presentation and referencing
Practical hands-on learning is most useful!