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Funding Available for Phlebotomy Diploma

The Phlebotomy Diploma, developed by Phlebotomy Training Services is the most advanced course available in phlebotomy. It was designed and developed for those who not only want to pursue a career in phlebotomy, but to also master their craft and provide the best care possible for anyone they are taking blood from.

There are 3 levels of the course: the award, the certificate and finally the diploma, with each level building on the last. This is an advanced course at the end of which the learner will be provided with a nationally recognised and will be accredited up to the equivalent NVQ Level 3.

We have recently found out that anybody looking to pursue the Diploma in Phlebotomy may be able to apply for funding to help them afford it and develop their career.

The loan is from the government’s Professional and Career Development Loans. If you meet the criteria then you can apply for a loan with a value of between £300 and £10,000. These loans are typically given at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you are undertaking the course.

As mentioned, there is certain eligibility criteria, which includes:

  • You have to be 18 or over
  • You have to be a British citizen
  • You have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts
  • You have to plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course is completed

This scheme ends in January 2019, therefore you have to act quickly if you would like to take advantage of this generous offer and work toward getting your diploma in Phlebotomy.

To find out more about funding, or the diploma, just call the Phlebotomy Training Services Team on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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PTS Train Team at Beckton Hospital

Phlebotomy Training Services work with a range of commercial clients. We provide various training programmes to teams within organisations, and, if needed, can tailor our training to the specific needs and demands of the client. One such example of this is Cygnet Health Care.

Cygnet Health Care is a provider of specialist care for those suffering from mental health issues in the UK. They are classed as thought leaders in their field and pioneer the way for mental health treatment and care. Phlebotomy Training Services are proud to work closely with this organisation.

Recently we provided our Basic Phlebotomy Course to a number of learners in Beckton Hospital. The Basic Course, officially titled ‘Understanding Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques’ takes two days and at the end of it learners are awarded with a certification of competence and have the skills necessary to become a competent phlebotomist.

Unlike many other training providers, our basic course is accredited by One Awards, a nationally recognised awarding body.

We provided the course in the weekend preceding the Women of the Year Event, an initiative which aims to recognise the amazing achievements women in the UK make every year. In the website’s own words:

                ‘Each year a nominating council elects just 450 women to attend the annual Women of the Year Lunch handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’, representing herself, her work and the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day. In a world which often celebrates ‘celebrity’, Women of the Year sets itself apart by honouring real achievement and diversity.’

With their newly found skills who knows what this group of learners will go on to achieve?

To find out more about phlebotomy training, or to organise some specialist training for your team, call us on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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Urgent Need for O Negative Blood Type

There is a constant need for blood donations in the UK. Hospitals can never have too much blood to be used for life saving transfusions. However, following on from the hot weather and world cup, reserves are currently startlingly low – especially in type O-negative.

The combined cost of the heat and the world cup cost the NHS around 2,000 donations. This brings the reserves down to around 3 days, which is half of the 6-day ideal – and is still looking to drop if the warm weather continues.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ‘The long spell of sunshine has been great in many ways but some people have chosen to stay in the sun instead of giving blood, and some people haven’t been hydrated enough to donate safely.’

O Negative is a particularly important blood group as it is a universal donor group and can be given to most people in the case of an emergency.

The NHS are crying out for people with O negative to visit their local donation centre as soon as possible. Find your nearest donation point here. You do not necessarily need an appointment, however it is vital that you are adequately hydrated which the heat can have an obvious effect on.