Would You Eat Black Pudding Made With Your Own Blood?

You never know where your career as a phlebotomist might take you, and not so long ago the founder of Phlebotomy Training Services, Alison, got to take part in a little project with the BBC.

Michael Mosley decided to do a few experiments on himself to see if there was any truth to the claims that human blood can be a miracle elixir. Blood has been used in medicine for thousands of years. In the Roman Empire people used to drink blood as a cure for diseases, and there is nearly 2000 years’ worth of records of medicinal bloodletting.

More recently experiments carried out in mice have found that when older mice were injected with blood from younger mice, their memory improved significantly. And people have started to use their own blood to heal and rejuvenate themselves. Infusions of PRP (platelet rich plasma) has been used by some of the world’s leading athletes to help recover from injuries, and we all know about Kim Kardashian having a facial treatment which involved injecting her own blood back into her face.

So, as part of the experiment Michael undertook the same procedure, and found that while the results weren’t as dramatic as he hoped, there was a noticeable difference in his skin quality in the weeks afterwards.

But he also wanted to ingest his blood, to see if its healing properties worked from the inside out, like so many ancient cultures claimed. And this is where Alison came in. Michael wanted to eat a black pudding made with his own blood, and Alison was the phlebotomist that extracted the blood for him to use.

The resulting blood pudding was rich in iron, vitamin C and protein. And is actually very calorie dense and nourishing. Apparently it went down a treat.

All our trainers are fully qualified phlebotomists here at Phlebotomy Training Services, and we love the work that we do in this quirky little industry. To find out how you can become a phlebotomist, and where it might take you, just call us on 01609 751 610.


What Courses Do We Offer?

At Phlebotomy Training Services our dedication is always to our clients. We put the students on our courses above all else. Ultimately, we want you to complete the courses and walk away a qualified phlebotomist, and ideally find work using your new-found skills.

We demonstrate this dedication in a few different ways, such as our student/trainer ratio and that all our trainers are also qualified phlebotomists and educators themselves.

We also offer a range of courses to suit all of our client’s needs. This starts at the Basic Course, and goes right through to our Phlebotomy Diploma. Below is a small breakdown of all the courses we offer, what they entail and what qualification you will come away with at the end.

The 2 day Basic Course is the foundation for all students. In this course you will look at the theory behind phlebotomy, as well as practicing the hands on side of it. The course covers all of the competencies set out in CHS132 (National Occupational Standard for Phlebotomy), and we use safety equipment in all of our training in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations) 2013. At the end of the course you will be given an actual qualification accredited by ONE Awards and will be able to work as a phlebotomist.

The Advanced Course follows on from the basic course, and will enable you to take blood from hands, feet and troublesome patients with small and difficult veins. The advanced course is only available to those who have undertaken the basic course, and lasts one day. It is the only course of its type in the country that is accredited by One Awards.

We offer various healthcare based courses which are perfectly suited for healthcare professionals such as dentists and dental nurses. However these courses can be tailored to suit the clients needs. We can offer:

  • Training in-house or at one of our established training venues across the UK
  • One-off training courses, or bespoke training schemes to meet the ongoing needs of your organisation
  • Training tailored to complement the existing skill level of your team
  • Refresher training and mentoring to ensure continued staff development
  • Recognised certification to prove the skills of your staff
  • Peace of mind that your staff have been given the highest quality training
  • Phlebotomy Skills
  • Train your staff to take venous blood samples or build on their existing skills

To find out more about any of the services we offer just give us a call on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.



The main thing that sets Phlebotomy Training Services apart is the quality of the training we provide. The trainers we use are not only qualified phlebotomists, but also qualified educators. This means that we educate and train in an understandable way. We also have a policy of having no more than 6 students per trainer, to make sure that you get the attention you need in order to pass the course and gain your qualification.
How do we judge this? Well, the number of people passing the course is a good indicator. But we like to look at the feedback we receive as a better judgement. Sure, they might have passed the course, but if they didn’t enjoy learning to be a phlebotomist, or find work afterwards, then did we really do our job?
Well, below is some of the feedback we have got recently.

Hi Emily,
Just wanted you to know that I have got a job at the Derby Royal Hospital as a phlebotomist. I start at the end of the month. I want to thank you for all your help in training me as you’re a brilliant mentor. Thanks again x.
Kind regards,

I completed the basic and advanced course in Dublin. I would highly recommend the courses to anybody who is interested in training as a phlebotomist. I am starting my first day working as a phlebotomist in the morning thanks to Steve, Emily, Alison and Andrew.

I attended the training course in Birmingham with Olivia. The course is fantastic and would highly recommend it. I love the fact you can practice as much as you need to during the practical sessions, it builds your confidence for the assessment. The theory work is also rewarding as you learn so much in just 2 days. Olivia is an amazing tutor. She was so friendly and helpful. No question was left unanswered. Olivia gave me the confidence to do well on my final assessment which I got top marks on. The course as a whole is so rewarding and I would recommend anyone to take part in it.

I attended the phlebotomy training course in Birmingham on 7th and 8th January lead by Jo. I could not recommend it more, the balance between theory and practical work was spot on. Jo was such a friendly and inviting tutor who made me feel relaxed despite my nerves when handling all of the equipment. She has managed to build what little confidence I had, to the point where I feel fully confident to go into a phlebotomy clinic straight away and get stuck in. Thank you so much to PTS and especially Jo for this amazing new skill, I’m one step closer to fulfilling my goal of becoming a HCA.

Well, I think we’re doing a pretty good job! To find out more about the courses and services we provide in Phlebotomy Training simply call us on 01609 751 610.


An Astounding New Development in X-Rays

In an incredible new development scientists have created a laser which is a billion times brighter than the surface of the sun. We’re not exactly sure what they were trying to achieve, but it was found that at this level of brightness light behaves in an interesting way.

It was expected that when shone on objects they would simply appear brighter, as they usually do when you shine a bright light on something. However when you reach these levels of luminosity some funny things start to happen.

When the light collides with an object an electron will scatter one photon, which is the basis of how we see things. However at this brightness the light scattered over 1000 photons. This means that the light that is being reflected is scattering at different angles and with different colours, depending on how bright it is.

This level of brightness, it was found, had the ability to generate extremely detailed, 3-d, x-ray images. And when we say detailed we mean that they can be zoomed in down to the nanoscopic scale. This is incredibly beneficial in the medical industry as professionals will be able to spot tiny fractures and micro tumours, which could then be dealt with before they grow.

They could also be used to take ultrafast images of chemical reactions and electron movements, which would further our understanding on the basic building blocks of the universe.

This is a fascinating discovery, and we can’t wait to see the way its uses trickles down to the scientific community as a whole.

Phlebotomy Training Services provide phlebotomy training to a huge array of people, including medical and scientific researchers. To find out more about the services we offer, including the new diploma in phlebotomy then just call us on 01609 751 610.