Phlebotomy training

A unique Phlebotomy training programme focused on teaching the fundamentals of venepuncture, and putting this knowledge into practice

Full accreditation and the right balance of theory and hands on practice in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course Includes:

  • 1 Day Theory Course with Certificate of Attendance
  • Enhanced Police (DBS) Check
  • Full Occupational Health Clearance including any necessary appointments or immunisations
  • Local Induction Training Course at St Thomas Hospital
  • 90 Hours Clinical Practice bleeding live patients in a major NHS London hospital within a Viapath Phlebotomy department
  • Practical, Written Assessments and associated accreditation by the Open College Network (OCN).

Further course details below.

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Our courses are run in our training facilities based in the heart of London, with live blood experience based in Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals.

Our phlebotomy courses are consistent with the NHS Skills for Health Occupational Standards - National Occupational Standard for Obtaining Venous Blood Samples, National Patient Saftey Agency (NPSA) & World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. 

Our Adult Phlebotomy training course is accredited by OCN Credit for Learning, students undertaking this course can gain a Level 3 Certificate with 10 Unit Credits. In order to achieve this accreditation we have to conform to various conditions and ensure that we fully support all learners taking into consideration different needs of each individual. If you would like further details and to see our latest annual Moderation report detailing our compliance then click on the link below.

Viapath Moderation Report 15-16 .pdf

All of our phlebotomy trainers have many years of experience in both practicing and training other phlebotomists. They will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to becoming a competent phlebotomist for routine adult patients. 

Achieving a Certificate of Competence is usually gained within 8-12 weeks. In order to achieve this we run the course in two parts. 

Part one

Part 1 is a day of Theory & Dry laboratory Experience where our experienced trainers will cover all the essential knowledge in phlebotomy that you will require. You will have an opportunity to practice blood taking from training arms.

Part two

Part 2 of the course provides students with a local induction on a Saturday morning followed by being booked onto our live patient bleed experience where you will be supervised (using direct and indirect methods), by our trainers in one our NHS facilities performing venepuncture on real patients.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a maximum of 90 hours clinical practice, which is more than any other comparable phlebotomy course currently offers.

Upon successful completion on both Parts 1 and 2, you will need to undertake a writen paper test and practical test, upon successfully passing these tests you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance / Competence. Our courses are open to both novices and experienced healthcare professionals. 

As well as mixing a comprehensive theory programme with an unrivalled number of clinical practice hours, our courses are relaxed and good fun. We have expert trainers and a bright, airy and modern facility in Central London with good transport links.

But don't just take our word for it, our courses receive a lot of praise from the trainee phlebotomists that go on them. We ask students to complete a training evaluation form following their training, read some of what people have had to say below:

I'd like to thank the Viapath team, it was a great course and I received lots of support during my clinical placement which enabled me to pass successfully. Thank you so much for a great experience. 
Raaesa Patel
I very much enjoyed the course and the way it was taught, the trainers were very friendly. 
The way the trainer presented the course was excellent. 
Deborah Laidlaw
It was led in a way that made it easy to learn and allayed all my fears of taking blood. 
Jacqueline Porter
Thank you very much for the certificates. I am enormously grateful for the whole experience. Wish you all the best to everyone in Viapath Phlebotomy Training Team. You are truly brilliant....
I am thankful to all of you for giving me the opportunity to start a new chapter in my life. Massive thanks to the Viapath team
Nicole K
Thank you to all Viapath staff who have accepted me with open arms and been very supportive and helpful.  I have not always found it easy and have been out of my comfort zone on a few occassions.  However, staff at St Thomas's, Kings and Dulwich have been amazing and have never made me feel unworthy or inferior even though I did have some anxieties to begin with.  I really appreciate the time and efforts of all those that I have worked alongside.
Nancy B
I think Seymour and his team was really good. Learnt and Laugh. Thank you very much.
Anonymous, September 2017

I would also like to say thank you on behalf of the whole undergraduate team.

Based on verbal feedback from students, the training again has been of very high standards and they found it very useful.

Thank you for all you support (in or out of the training area)

Julia, Undergraduate Education Manager, October 2017
Just like to begin with saying what an incredible learning journey I am experiencing. I have loved all the the placements, I've met some lovely people and had continuous support from your amazing staff! Thank you! 
Valerie Drain, October 2017

I never had the opportunity to thank you for all the support and help that I received from you all at Viapath and St Thomas Hospital. Having the opportunity to undergo the training despite the obstacles that I initially had when trying to begin my practical training is something that I will always be grateful for. During my training everyone was so kind, helpful and wanted the best for me, I felt that genuinely and I’m honestly so grateful for them all (especially Paul & Dorothy who really influenced a lot of my progress as a phlebotomist).

Sharon, November 2017
Just want to express my experience with my clinical training today, it's very informative and enjoyable. Thanks for the given opportunity . Will definitely recommend your services.
Kehinde, November 2017
It has been an amazing experience time passed so quick, loved every minute of it!! Thank you, thank you all!  
Ana, January 2018
Please would you pass on my thanks to everyone at St Thomas's for their guidance and teaching throughout the course. Also for the support I received when I faltered a little part way through the course. Special thank you to Seymour, Dan (patience of a saint), Raaesa, Gus (at Kings) and last but not least the lovely Jane who was a calm and kind teacher when I was just starting out.
Rachel, February 2018

Thank you very much for the opportunity allowing me to do my training with viapath. It was a great pleasure having to meet with all the brilliant staff and management team.I would love to be a part of your brilliant team. Thank very much for everything.

Bridget, May 2018
I found you an excellent tutor and passionate about your field.
Anne. June 2018

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank your Trust for a very positive experience as a Viapath phlebotomy student with a physical disability.

Having worked in senior positions within the health and social care sector for a number of years, I have had both negative and positive experiences in my career regarding my disability.

I contacted Viapath as I wished to change career direction, and undertook student training as a phlebotomist in March 2018.  Throughout the process both Seymour Poraicu-Vaz and Paul Kinyanjui were positive about accommodating my disability in order for me to be able to train with them.  Once practicing in the clinic, the staff at St Thomas’ Blood Department were also supportive in assisting me, where necessary, in order for me to be able to train and finally qualify.

Anonymous, June 2018

On finding out that they had passed their final assessment.

I am delighted to know. Its made my year!!

Many thanks to everyone on the team who were so patient and helpful.

Tunde Atandare , February 2019

Seymour, Paul and other staff who supported and encouraged me to gain my certificate. Thank you very much to you all. I'm very grateful.

Sabitri Pal, February 2019

For all Phlebotomy training queries please contact 

Please note that due to popular demand the Phlebotomy training courses for 2020 are now fully booked. Available dates for 2021 can be found below.

Course availability and online booking

Course dateLocationCostPlaces remaining
13th November 2020London£830.00 + VATFully booked
11th December 2020London£ + VATFully booked
8th January 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
12th February 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
12th March 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
9th April 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
14th May 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
11th June 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
9th July 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked
13th August 2021London£830.00 + VATFully booked

Last updated: 16/10/2017