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Where Did Phlebotomy Training Come From?

Phlebotomy Training Services are one of the most established providers of phlebotomy training the UK. We feel like we are an integral part of the phlebotomy network in the UK. However, it wasn’t always this way. We have slowly and steadily climbed our way to be classed as one of top the phlebotomy training providers in the country.

But where did we come from?

Phlebotomy Training Services we founded in 2007 by Alison Purkiss. Alison is a practicing phlebotomist with over 15 years’ experience. After working as a phlebotomist for a while she started to notice that there was an influx of phlebotomists who clearly had not received the same standard of training that she did, or simply did not hold themselves to the same standards that she held herself to. So she decided to do something about it.

And this is how PTS came to be. It was founded out of the desire to make sure that all phlebotomists had access to high quality training, and held themselves to the same standard that Alison held herself to; that they operated like the health professionals that they are.

This lead to PTS adopting a few key principles that still set us apart from our competitors to this day. All our training providers are qualified and practicing phlebotomists. But more than this, they are also qualified educators. All the knowledge in the world is useless if it cannot be passed on coherently. As they are qualified educators you can rest easily knowing that you will be able to learn as much as possible from them.

As well as this, we never have more than 6 students per trainer, with no more than 12 students per class (except in exceptional circumstances). This means that we can ensure each student gets the attention that they need to learn this skill. However, we know that practicing in a class and practicing in the real world are two very different things. This is where the experience and knowledge of all our trainers really comes into its own.

To find out more just call us on 01609 751 610, or to book straight onto a basic course just click here.

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The Epidemic Nobody is Talking About

We are currently in the midst of an epidemic, that is almost global in its nature. It is massively prevalent in western civilisation and it affects every aspect of our being, from birth to death. Its symptoms include Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and poor mental health.

As well as health implications, this epidemic costs the UK an estimated £30bn a year.

So what is it? Sleep deprivation.

Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, has been working on a book for the past 4 years which studies the effect of sleep, from birth right through to death. The book, called ‘Why We Sleep’ is an in depth look into why we sleep, and the positive and negative effects of too much/too little sleep.

Professor Walker says:

‘No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation, it sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it. Things have to change: in the workplace and our communities, our homes and families.’

And in that quote he touches upon an important point. We often see posters encouraging us to stop smoking, to drink less, to pick up exercise. But when did we last see a poster encouraging us to sleep more? Doctors will readily prescribe sleeping pills, but not sleep itself. According to Professor Walker, this is a societal epidemic, as much as it is a health one.

From a young age we are told that staying up late is ‘cool’, and aiming for a solid night’s sleep is deemed as lazy and unambitious by peers and employers. We are told to work late and rise early otherwise we are not achieving.

The onset of technology has also had a huge effect on our sleep patterns. Smart phones and tablets are bright and stimulate us, and both are easily accessed and used in bed, keeping us awake longer.

To learn more about Professor Walker and his research you can read this, or this article.

To enrol on one of our courses just go to our book a course page. Or to learn more about what Phlebotomy Training Services do just give us a call on 01609 751 610.

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Phlebotomy Training Services on the BBC!

In a recent article we spoke about how Phlebotomy Training Services were featured on a TV show in which a man made a black pudding using his own blood as an ingredient. But that was definitely more of a backstage feature.

However, recently Alison and Emily were very much in the lime light!

The BBC have started a new TV show in which 12 applicants are put through their paces to see if they have what it takes to be an astronaut. Suitably named, the show is called ‘Astronauts – do you have what it takes?’

In the first episode of the TV series the applicants had to learn how to take their own blood, a skill that is vital for space travel so they can constantly keep track of their health. And guess who were the lucky phlebotomists giving the lesson? Our very own Alison and Emily!

All the students took to it perfectly, which is probably down to a combination of their aptitude and our skills as teachers.

You can view the episode (for a short time) here.

At Phlebotomy Training Services give our services to both domestic and commercial clients. In the past we have worked with some huge organisations, such as GE Healthcare and Loughborough University, and we are delighted that we can now add astronauts to that list!

To find out more about how phlebotomy training just call us on 01609 751 610.

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More Fantastic Feedback

At Phlebotomy Training Services we hold ourselves to very high standards. The training we offer is, we believe, the best available if you want to become a practicing phlebotomist. We consider every student that passes our course, and uses their newly found skills, as validation for this opinion.

When students pass our course we pat ourselves on the back, and call it a job well done. However, when students get back in contact to tell us how much they enjoyed the course, or to tell us about the work they have since found, well, that just warms our cockles a little bit more.

Here are a few snippets of thanks and praise we have received recently:

‘The course was brilliant and I really enjoyed it. Emily and Jo were very helpful, amazing and friendly. Thanks for everything and I really recommend it for everyone who wants to be a phlebotomist.’ – S.S Manchester

‘All in all this course was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it is a skill that I will carry forward with me for the rest of my career as a research scientist. At the time of writing I have now completed 5 successful blood draws and am really enjoying it. – S.B Dublin

‘In summary this training was very interesting and knowledgeable. A Few days after the training I got a chance to take blood in my work place, I did remember all the steps correctly and got blood at the first try. My employer was very happy that she sent me’ – B.C. Brighton

‘Just wanted to let you know that I was successful at my interview, they offered me the job, which is absolutely fantastic, it’s 10 min away and is mainly between school hours. I can’t even put in words how grateful I am to you for all your help. I will definitely recommend the course for everyone. Thanks again so much, C.’

We’re pretty pleased with those.

To find out how we can help you start a new path in life, or career as a phlebotomist, just call us on 01609 751 610.