Why It’s Important to Let Your Kids Get Dirty

As a responsible parent you will feel duty bound to keep your children as safe as possible. There are many ways in which you may do this, and one way is to keep everything as clean as possible. However, by creating a clean and sterile environment you may actually be doing your child a disservice, in fact, it may cause them greater harm in the long run according to a germ expert.

Professor Jack Gilbert is the Director of the Microbiome Centre at the University of Chicago and is the co-author of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System”. In it he claims “Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.”

And this is the foundation of his entire argument, that exposure to dirt, and a lot of things most people would consider unsanitary, are actually beneficial.

He states a few examples, such as when children play in the garden is it not necessary to sanitise their hands before they touch their faces. And people often try and separate pets and children for sanitary reasons, however Prof Gilbert claims that there is nothing wrong with a dog licking a child’s face. He goes so far to say that even human excrement is not so unsanitary that you should panic if a child comes into contact with it.

He summarises by saying that in a normal household, as long as nobody is currently ill, then thanks to general sanitation and vaccinations, it is a perfectly safe environment for a child to be in.

In reality, creating a sterilized environment can have a detrimental effect on your child’s health in the long term. This is because they will develop a hyper-sensitive immune system and could suffer from issues such as allergies and asthma in the future.

Phlebotomy Training Services are one of the leading supplier of the phlebotomy training the UK. We have courses all over the country, including Nottingham and London. To find out more just call us on 01609 751 610.



Would You Eat Black Pudding Made With Your Own Blood?

You never know where your career as a phlebotomist might take you, and not so long ago the founder of Phlebotomy Training Services, Alison, got to take part in a little project with the BBC.

Michael Mosley decided to do a few experiments on himself to see if there was any truth to the claims that human blood can be a miracle elixir. Blood has been used in medicine for thousands of years. In the Roman Empire people used to drink blood as a cure for diseases, and there is nearly 2000 years’ worth of records of medicinal bloodletting.

More recently experiments carried out in mice have found that when older mice were injected with blood from younger mice, their memory improved significantly. And people have started to use their own blood to heal and rejuvenate themselves. Infusions of PRP (platelet rich plasma) has been used by some of the world’s leading athletes to help recover from injuries, and we all know about Kim Kardashian having a facial treatment which involved injecting her own blood back into her face.

So, as part of the experiment Michael undertook the same procedure, and found that while the results weren’t as dramatic as he hoped, there was a noticeable difference in his skin quality in the weeks afterwards.

But he also wanted to ingest his blood, to see if its healing properties worked from the inside out, like so many ancient cultures claimed. And this is where Alison came in. Michael wanted to eat a black pudding made with his own blood, and Alison was the phlebotomist that extracted the blood for him to use.

The resulting blood pudding was rich in iron, vitamin C and protein. And is actually very calorie dense and nourishing. Apparently it went down a treat.

All our trainers are fully qualified phlebotomists here at Phlebotomy Training Services, and we love the work that we do in this quirky little industry. To find out how you can become a phlebotomist, and where it might take you, just call us on 01609 751 610.


What Courses Do We Offer?

At Phlebotomy Training Services our dedication is always to our clients. We put the students on our courses above all else. Ultimately, we want you to complete the courses and walk away a qualified phlebotomist, and ideally find work using your new-found skills.

We demonstrate this dedication in a few different ways, such as our student/trainer ratio and that all our trainers are also qualified phlebotomists and educators themselves.

We also offer a range of courses to suit all of our client’s needs. This starts at the Basic Course, and goes right through to our Phlebotomy Diploma. Below is a small breakdown of all the courses we offer, what they entail and what qualification you will come away with at the end.

The 2 day Basic Course is the foundation for all students. In this course you will look at the theory behind phlebotomy, as well as practicing the hands on side of it. The course covers all of the competencies set out in CHS132 (National Occupational Standard for Phlebotomy), and we use safety equipment in all of our training in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations) 2013. At the end of the course you will be given an actual qualification accredited by ONE Awards and will be able to work as a phlebotomist.

The Advanced Course follows on from the basic course, and will enable you to take blood from hands, feet and troublesome patients with small and difficult veins. The advanced course is only available to those who have undertaken the basic course, and lasts one day. It is the only course of its type in the country that is accredited by One Awards.

We offer various healthcare based courses which are perfectly suited for healthcare professionals such as dentists and dental nurses. However these courses can be tailored to suit the clients needs. We can offer:

  • Training in-house or at one of our established training venues across the UK
  • One-off training courses, or bespoke training schemes to meet the ongoing needs of your organisation
  • Training tailored to complement the existing skill level of your team
  • Refresher training and mentoring to ensure continued staff development
  • Recognised certification to prove the skills of your staff
  • Peace of mind that your staff have been given the highest quality training
  • Phlebotomy Skills
  • Train your staff to take venous blood samples or build on their existing skills

To find out more about any of the services we offer just give us a call on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.


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.


Phlebotomy Training – October 2016

Phlebotomy  Training – October Course Locations 2016

Below is a list of our accredited 2 day phlebotomy training course locations for October:

Sheffield + Southampton 1-2nd October

York + Bristol 8-9th October

Birmingham (sold out) 15-16th October

Manchester + SW London 22-23rd October

For those people who are interested in the Birmingham course that has sold out, the next course is to be held on 12-13th November 2016

If you would like anymore information you can about the content of the 2 day course please click here,

If you wish to book a place on these course please click here, or call us on 1609 751610 to speak to a member of the team.



Update – Phlebotomy Courses in July and August

Our Phlebotomy Courses – July & August

Good news, our Birmingham and South West London phlebotomy courses have sold out. But we still have place available on out Glasgow phlebotomy course. If you want to do the course in either Birmingham or South West London, don’t worry we have a course in each of these locations in August. We are also in MiddlesbroughManchester and Brighton in August.

Please contact us if you need any further information. You can do so by emailing us at or call the office on 01609 751610.

You can book online using our online booking system or call the office and we can sort out your booking.

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Accredited Phlebotomy Courses

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.