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Top 5 Reasons to Become a Phlebotomist

Offering specialised courses throughout the United Kingdom, the team here at Phlebotomy Training Services have had the pleasure of teaching a diverse range of people our basic and advanced phlebotomy courses. Those who have taken the course, have all been grateful for what they have learned with us, but what is it about phlebotomy that attracts people to the course? Here, we have listed the top 5 reasons why you could benefit from phlebotomy training:

1.       Time-Efficient

Our courses are relatively speedy in comparison to most college courses and degrees, especially within the health profession. The training for our basic course takes place usually over a 48-hour period, with advanced courses taking a day. Participants engage in practical and theoretical work all within the allotted time for each course.

2.       Kickstart your Career in Healthcare

Whether you are seeking a career as a phlebotomist or in the wider healthcare industry, being a qualified phlebotomist will undoubtedly open up a wide range of job opportunities. There are a multitude of professions however, that require the art of blood taking as a desirable skill. This could be as a personal trainer, blood donation technician, or as a carer for the vulnerable and elderly.

3.       Return on Investment

Given the opportunities that come as a result of being a qualified phlebotomist in turn increases the likelihood of landing a healthcare related profession with a higher salary. Taking into consideration the price and duration of the basic course, a one of fee for a career of higher wages presents a desirable qualification to carry through your careers.

4.       CV Enhancement

Regardless of whether you are seeking a career in healthcare or not, the qualification you have in learning how to take blood portrays a determined and open-minded personality. These are two traits which any employer would seek from a candidate. So, the opportunities are not limited to medicine or healthcare.

5.       Helping Those in Need

Disregarding the more selfish aspects of the course, one of the most important aspects of completing a course in phlebotomy is the prospect of providing medical assistance to those that need it. This could be providing an elderly resident in a care home with blood, or perhaps taking the blood from a nervous blood donor. It is an opportunity to not only use the skills you have learned as a phlebotomist, but to apply empathy to each individual situation.

Hopefully these reasons have illustrated how taking a phlebotomy course can improve your lifestyle and career. In addition to this, you can gain a sense of pride in the completion of a highly respected course. Not only that, by putting the qualification to use, you will be able to help those in need of blood transfusions, again indicating the multiple benefits to taking the course.

At PTS, we offer Basic and Advanced courses throughout the UK. Head over to our Book a Course page to find out when we are next conducting phlebotomy training in an area local to you.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01609 751 610 or send us an email at info@phlebotomytraining.co.uk for any other questions.

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Blood Test Could Help Detect Lung Cancer Early

Scientists are currently “one step closer” to detecting the early stages of lung cancer using just a blood test, according to experts. The initial evidence is from an on-going study which suggests that liquid biopsies could be the starting point of discovering the first signs of the disease developing.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer, with over 300,000 people dying from the disease each year in the UK alone.

Scientists have created three sequencing techniques that analyse cell-free DNA within the blood. These methods, which look for mutations and genomic changes, have said to be between 38 and 51% accurate at detecting the disease early on and up to 89% effective at detecting late-stage cancers.

These findings have been deemed “very promising” by cancer charities and we are expected to see further development for the use of this potentially life saving blood test.

Lead author Geoffrey Oxnard, associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said: “we’re excited that initial results from the study show it is possible to detect early-stage lung cancer from blood samples using genome sequencing.”

Oxnard then went on to say that there is an “unmet global need for early detection, that can be easily implemented by health care systems.”

This research opens doors for scientists as well as opening up the opportunity for more funding for research on the deadly disease and how to prevent and/or eliminate it at the earliest possible stage.

Dr Jodie Moffat, Cancer Research UK’s head of early diagnosis, said that it is “exciting to think that one day we could offer people a blood test to find lung cancer earlier, meaning they could benefit from treatments which give them a better chance of beating the disease.”

Phlebotomy Training Services are keen to encourage aspiring nurses, researchers and scientists to become involved in the skill of taking blood. Our training services provide a brilliant opportunity to gain qualifications and experience with the medical world. If you’d like more information or you’d like to book a course, call us today on 01609 751 610.