We are proud of the team we have assembled here at Phlebotomy Training Services. Each of them work tirelessly each day to ensure that PTS keeps its place as the premier provider of phlebotomy training in the UK.
Alison Purkiss – Director, Tutor
Alison is the rock that PTS is built around. She is thought of as one of the most experienced and well-informed phlebotomists in the UK, and has worked as an advisor to the BBC, amongst other organisations.
Alison founded PTS in 2007 after seeing a lack of quality phlebotomy training provided in the UK. She wanted to offer a course which put the student above all things, and ensured that the next crop of practising phlebotomists are the best ever.
Outside of work, (when she has a minute) Alison loves cycling and is a staunch advocate of human and ethical rights. She also has a personal blog in which she writes about phlebotomy, amongst other things. Read her latest post here.
Andrew Purkiss – Director, Tutor & Technical Assistant
Andrew has a background in Rural Land and Property Management and in his own words “he messed about with farms for a living”.
Andrew has been working with PTS from the first course back in 2007 in Newcastle, but became a full-time member of staff in 2012.
He trains all the technical assistants and also teaches the NDR & Basic courses. He also continually supports all the tutors as a technical assistant.
Andrew is responsible for managing all the equipment (arms, hands, feet and pads). So, if the tutors need a new vein in the pad its Andrew they go to for help.
He also took it upon himself to manage our Facebook page and Twitter account and so keeps our graduate and new learners up to date with all things phlebotomy.
Andrew loves to go to the gym and has an unhealthy relationship with his fatbike.
Emily Watson – Tutor
Emily come from a retail back ground and joined Phlebotomy Training Services in late 2012 on a part time basic doing admin work, selling courses and general office duties.
Then, in 2013 she moved to a technical assistant role in which she helped the tutor during the training course. She really enjoyed this experience, and it soon became apparent that Emily would be suited to teaching.
In 2015 Emily started teaching on her own, and now teaches the basic course throughout the country.
Emily obtained her Cert Ed at Teesside University 2017.
Emily is a keen runner and did her first marathon in 2017 and brags that she could sell snow to an Eskimo.
Jo Marchant – Tutor
After working as a phlebotomy manager in Layton Hospital Mid Cheshire for 20 years, Jo joined the PTS team in 2012, firstly as a contractor before joining the team properly in 2016. During her time at Layton Hospital Mid Cheshire Jo had the chance to practice cannulation and she became a qualified IQA (internal verifier and assessor) in 2017.
Jo has a Foundation Degree in Leadership in Management and Infection Prevention & Control (basic teaching is included within these modules.
Jo teaches our basic, advanced paediatric, cannulation and NDR courses, however her forte is infection prevention and control.
Out of work, Jo loves walking her two dogs each day in the woods close to where she lives.
Sara Purkiss-Antcliff – Office Manager
Like Emily, Sara comes from a retail background. After studying fashion at Huddersfield University, and working as a manager in a Dorothy Perkins, Sara wanted a change of scenery and so came to work for PTS in 2013.
Sara obtained a Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management in 2015. As office manager, Sara is responsible for all general officer duties such as ordering office supplies, looking after all outstanding invoices, chasing bad depts and producing invoices for new sales.
However, Sara’s the main duties are dealing with the certification process, registration of each learner and then sending out the certificates when they arrive in the office.
Sara also co-ordinates all our office functions such as Christmas Lunch or the charity events which we do each year.
Sara loves to do pole fitness and is a keen runner having ran her first half marathon in 2017.
Lizzie Pitt – Office Junior
Lizzie is our youngest member of the team and came to work for PTS as a school leaver having just finished her GCSEs.
She is employed as an office apprentice she is studying a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration at Darlington College which will be completed by June 2018.
Lizzie completed her phlebotomy course during the first few weeks of working with PTS and is great at cleaning arms and looking after the equipment.
In her spare time she looks after her ponies. She has been riding since she was about 5 and is a keen show jumper.
Kim Duke – Accounts Manager
Kim joined PTS in early 2008 and looks after our accounts and ensures that the bank balances every week. Kim is responsible for wages and doing the end of year accounts.
Kim started her career in Easby, Bedale just after leaving school during which time she did a three year course in AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).
Kim become self-employed in 2001 and works for a large number of business throughout the UK. Kim is a whizz with a calculator; I have never seen anyone move their fingers so fast!