And the Nobel Prize for Chemistry Goes to…

On the 5th of October, 2016 the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was split between three men. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa. They will split the 8m Kroner prize for their work on the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular level.

The prize for Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

The applications for these tiny machines is huge. They could be used prolifically in medicine where they could deliver treatments directly into the problem area. For example they could deliver medicine directly to the site of cancer, without affecting the tissue around it.

These tiny machines are far too small for the eye to see, so the creation and manipulation of them is nothing short of miraculous. However very early on in their inception the creators built a tiny ‘car’ that had four wheel drive.

Not only is the prize a huge accolade for the scientists to hold, but the Nobel Prize is so well known that when they are awarded they directly influence the fields of scientific research. This means that this particular area of chemistry is now likely to receive a lot of attention, and subsequently funding, to further its development.

If these tiny machines are constantly developed it won’t be long before they are used in medicine, and will ultimately benefit the lives of millions.

The physicist Richard Feymann is often credited with creating the idea of molecular machines. In a speech he made at the California Institute of Technology in 1959 he introduced the idea of ‘swallowing surgeon’, it turns out he wasn’t too far from the mark.

One member of the recipients is a Scottish Professor called Sir Fraser Stoddart. He was born in Edinburgh in 1942 and is currently working out of Northwestern University, in the US. He made a massive breakthrough the development of molecular machines by threading a molecular ring onto a rod structure that acted as an axle. He then went on to move the ring up and down the rod.

Since that initial discovery he has built numerous machines including a lift, a muscle and – in partnership with other researchers – a computer chip.

Hopefully, now a light has been shone on this field of research, it will be developed quickly and can be put to good use as soon as possible.

Phlebotomy Training Services have been providing phlebotomy training in various locations around the country since 2007. To find out more about the training we can provide simply call us on 01609 751 610.


What Career Paths are Available for Trained Phlebotomists

The one thing we do really well at Phlebotomy Training Services, is train people to be phlebotomists.

There are many things that set us apart from other training providers, one is our limited class sizes. By limiting our classes to 6 people per trainer we can make sure that you are getting the attention that you need. The other is that all our trainers are qualified educators, as well as qualified phlebotomists. This means that they can teach, and train, to a better degree than others.

Also, Alison Purkiss, the founder of Phlebotomy Training Services has over 15 years of experience working as a phlebotomist. She has worked across the breadth of the NHS and with innumerable GPs. This puts her in a unique position to be able to advise on what to do with your training after you are a qualified phlebotomist.

That is what we would like to cover in this article, exactly what you can do with your training once you are a qualified phlebotomist. There are many career paths to take, and it is important you figure out which one you feel would suit you best. There is obviously a chance that you are doing the course for a specific reason, and already have a career path laid out, but if not, then this post is for you.

Obviously, the role you do will be much the same. As a phlebotomist it is your job to take blood from a patient. This could be used for a multitude of reasons, but it usually for testing for various reasons. This is why good training is incredibly important to be a good phlebotomist. The blood must be taken following very specific protocols so it is not tainted and will still be testable.

As well as being skilled in simply taking blood a phlebotomist must be good in other areas, these are:

  • Reassuring nervous or distressed patients
  • Applying dressing to the puncture wound created
  • Properly labelling the blood sample
  • Delivering the sample in a set timescale
  • Accurately completing all the data entry needed

With regards to employment, we can help. Though we cannot directly place you in a role, Phlebotomy Training Services has a sister company, known as Phlebotomy Personnel. At Phlebotomy Personnel we will try and find you your ideal role, and set you down the first step of your phlebotomy career. Call us now on 01609 751 610.


Leeds Course

Our Leeds Course is back

Hi everyone, our next Leeds course is happening on the weekend of 3rd & 4th September 2016.

Our basic 2-day course is the starting point for most of our students.The course is designed for learners with no prior phlebotomy experience or knowledge. Throughout the course you will look at the theory behind phlebotomy and will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills using the most up to date techniques and equipment. By the end of the course learners should be confident and capable to start taking blood from patients.

For more information on please see our courses page for more information. You can also contact our office on 01609 751610.

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Do you need phlebotomy training? If so, why not use book on to our accredited phlebotomy courses.

Remember to always use an accredited phlebotomy training provider like Phlebotomy Training Services:

We train for Hospitals and CCGs all round the UK. We work regularly a number of top Universities and in the private healthcare sector. Our clients include Nuffield Health, Cygnet Healthcare, MHA, and Partnerships in Care. We have worked with the RAF and train people leaving the forces using MOD grants.

Since 2007 we have trained over 1,500 people a year using our accredited phlebotomy courses.

We don’t think that any other provider has such a comprehensive list of organisations of who use us for our training expertise.

We run our courses nationwide. So if you live in the UK, we will have a near to you.

Our Courses

Our accredited phlebotomy courses are taught by experience phlebotomist who are qualified teachers. The basic course is written so that even if you have no experience in a clinical environment, you will get all the knowledge you need and the practical skills required to start a career in phlebotomy. Please see our courses page for more information.

For more information about our upcoming courses please see our book a course page.