Attending a Vein Train course will ensure you are up to date with the latest techniques, complications, research
and legislation. Sarah Phillips, the owner set up the Vein Train to offer high quality training from high calibre
trainers. All our trainers have been selected because of their extensive knowledge and experience because
we know this enables them to offer you a high level of expertise. Sarah has just edited and co-written book
about these skills (pending publication Wiley-Blackwell 2010) as well as working nationally on improving
standards of training and assessment.
Venepuncture and/or Cannulation
Our Venepuncture and Cannulation Course is a one day study day that provides comprehensive theory while
adopting a practical approach to facilitate skill application. You will practice throughout the day on simulation
equipment as well as vein palpitation with your trainer and each other. Using the simulation arm and a "Vein
Train Vein" you will learn the foundations for using the equipment to access veins confidently and expertly.
You are given a Vascular Access Structured Learning Programme for Venepuncture and Cannulation to take
back with you so you can gain and demonstrate competency with confidence and ease.
Key areas Covered
Professional Practice and Legal Considerations
Anatomy and Physiology
Equipment design and most effective use
Potential Complications (including Infection Control)
Practical Application - Techniques and Troubleshooting
Cannulation and venepuncture are both covered on the day and many of our delegates attend this dual day
despite only needing one skill because they want a full and comprehensive day that offers access to trainers
with expertise for a longer time. Also we find it is often beneficial for delegates who have the opportunity to
learn about the related skill for example: cannulation provides valuable information about caring for cannula
sites or assisting colleagues with insertion. It also means that if delegates later go on to practice these skills
they can move on to practice without a further training course. We offer a reduction for practicing only one skill
during the practical session (enter VENONLY OR CANONLY on booking)
How will I learn?
Your "Vein Trainers" will draw on their extensive experience, knowledge and expertise to help each leaner find
their own particular technique. You will remember your "Vein Trainer's" words for weeks, months and years to
come when you are accessing veins on patients, mastering the equipment and troubleshooting difficult
situations. "Vein Trainers" have been specially selected because they want each one of their learners to go on
to achieve competency quickly (within a few bloods or weeks, whichever is most realistic) but more importantly
they want them to go beyond this and achieve expert practice.
"If you get a first good injection then it will never be worse than that" (Dougherty 1994)
A nurse who Sarah Phillips trained years ago as part of a training project in a NHS Trust, now works for the
Department of Health spoke of her experience of Sarah's leadership in these skills "Sarah wouldn't let anyone
near a patient with a cannula until they knew what they were doing." This is still true today so you can be
assured that you will have excellent knowledge and skill before you approach a patient. Sarah Phillips also
believes Lisa's (Dougherty, 1994) quote extends to learners who want to cause as little discomfort to their
patients as possible. All Vein Train attendees can be assured that they will know as much as possible before
approaching their patient’s as well as having good supervision until they are competent. We at Vein Train know
that it is confidence in your acquired knowledge and skill that helps you achieve competency safely and
painlessly for both you and the patient, as quickly as is realistically possible.
Who is the Course For?
The course is suitable for clinicians returning to these skills, the novice starting out or a practitioner updating
their knowledge because they have had no formal training or are responsible for training others. We accept
applications from all individuals from many different professional and non-registered professional backgrounds
as we have a vast experience of training multi-professionals.
You do not have to be a registered professional and may be or intend to be a health care support worker. You
may be undertaking a health science qualification or have worked in a different area of health care (i.e. GP
Receptionist). We know that if you come from either of these backgrounds (academic or clinical) you will have
a certain level of knowledge and understanding of some of the foundations to patient care related to your
patient group. (i.e. safety, communication, risk management, anatomy and physiology and so on.)
Examples of Delegates Background: (this is not extensive)
Occupational Health Nurses, Army Medics, Overseas Doctors, GP Receptionists, Paramedics, Midwives,
Nurses, Health Care Support Workers, Radiographers, Operating Department Practitioners, Clinical Skills
Trainers, Dental nurses
Who is the Course NOT for?
It is not suitable for people looking to become a qualified phlebotomist from a background of no clinical
experience or qualification. We often get asked about this but we do not want to offer training that provides
false confidence or damages your confidence as it is not good for you as a learner or your future patients. This
is because it takes more than a day course to cover aspects which delegates who do come from a professional
or academic background bring to a course. However, the NHS recommends on the job training for
phlebotomists so if you are in touch with a phlebotomy manager who would be keen to train you up, you will first
need formal training. Here we can help. Our course works well for delegates who go on to be trained and
supported by an experienced team such as professionals found in a phlebotomy department.
How long will the certificate of attendance be valid for?
There are no national guidelines on this, however our experience informs us that if you practice and use your
skills regularly you will only need to update your practice on a formal training session about every 2-3 years
(depending on how much you use your skills). This session should include some theory and practical review. It
is recommended that you use your structured learning programme to record learning and literature review that
you have undertaken. This does not have to be complex or time consuming but a note on some articles you
have read and how they relate to your practice. We would recommend that this should be no less than 1 year
before a review and reflection of your practice. If you have not practised your skill within a year of the course
we would recommend a short update course (coming soon!) before using your skills clinically.
We don’t want to waste your valuable time or money and we know that sometimes fear will stop people
practising these skills after attending a course. In this case more training will not provide a magic answer,
however if you have not attended a Vein Train Course and feel unsure of your training can definitely help. All
our courses offer a quality and practical approach with access to professionals with extensive experience of
training and practice.
£143* Both Skills
£133* One Skill on a dual day (Enter voucher code VENONLY OR CANONLY)
Price includes online booking discount of £10