Venepuncture and Cannulation

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Our booking system is being upgraded but you can call us to book at no extra charge.  NEXT course Dates 

  • Nottingham IV - 27th November 2018, Nottingham 28th November Venepuncture and Cannulation - Prism, Unit8, Sneinton Market NG1 1DT
  • London IV Therapy - 17th December 2018 and  Venepuncture and Cannulation -  19th December 2018  
  • Next dates 22nd and 23rd January LONDON, 16-17 January 2019 Nottingham, Birmingham 28th January 2019 

Attending a VeinTrain course will ensure you are up to date with the latest techniques, complications, research and legislation. Sarah Phillips, the founder and MD set up the Vein Train to offer high quality training from high calibre trainers. All our trainers have been selected because of their extensive knowledge and experience because we know this enables them to offer you a high level of expertise.  We manage our days so that you get lots of exposure to practice from the beginning with your own VeinTrain Vein.  We have superision levels of 1 trainer to 4 for your first practice.  The industry standard is 12!  Later on your group will be larger as you learn from each other, this is also key for your pschychomotor control while you have access to our expertise.  We also offer OSA - Objective Structured Feedback using Video of your technique at Nottingham HQ and some National courses.   

At a large event day recently in Guys' and St Thomas's, Governers hall our team in involved amounted to over 200 years worth of experience!!! 

Venepuncture and Cannulation Training Prices:

£169.00 Including VAT  Both Skills
£159.00 Including VAT * One Skill on a dual day Please mention which skill you would like to practice at time of booking

Price includes online booking discount of £10

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We work on average ratios of 1 trainer to 10 delegates and the first practice is typically 4-6 the way we manage the logisitcs!   We don't think the industry standard of 1 trainer for 8/10 delegates . We often have more training superviors arriving to assist during practical workshops to make this happen and at times you have 1 trainer to 4 delegates.  Equally you have your very own VeinTrain Vein during the day!.


Accreditation acheived in 2017 which supports the solid theory you learn on the day.  You can use this toward academic awards you are working towards elsewhere or to assure employers that the training achieves an accredited level.  Any previous delegate who wishes to purchase their certifiate in April 2017 can book it by emailing their course date and name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a fee of £30.

Venepuncture and/or Cannulation - What we cover on the day and methods we use.

Our Venepuncture and Cannulation Course is a one day study day that provides comprehensive theory while adopting a practical approach to facilitate skill application.  You will practice throughout the day on simulation equipment as well as vein palpitation with your trainer and each other. Using the simulation arm and a "Vein Train Vein" © you will learn the foundations for using the equipment to access veins confidentially and expertly.   You are given a Vascular Access Structured Learning Programme endorsed by NIVAS (National Intravenous and Vascular Access Society) for Venepuncture and Cannulation to take back with you so you can gain and demonstrate competency with confidence and ease.  This document is as near to standardsiation as the UK has and was led by Sarah Phillips as part of a 15 year project. There are currently over 70000 in use!

Key areas Covered

·    Professional Practice and Legal Considerations
·    Anatomy and Physiology
·    Site Selection
·    Equipment design and most effective use
·    Potential Complications (including Infection Control)
·    Practical Application - Techniques and Troubleshooting 

Cannulation and venepuncture are both taught on the day and many of our delegates attend this dual day despite only needing one skill because they want a full and comprehensive day that offers access to trainers with expertise for a longer time.  Also we find it is often beneficial for delegates who have the opportunity to learn about the related skill for example: cannulation provides valuable information about caring for cannula sites or assisting colleagues with insertion.  It also means that if delegates later go on to practice these skills they can move on to practice without a further training course.  We offer a reduction for practicing only one skill during the practical session.

We now offer a phlebotomy only course for 2 full days.  This is more comprehensive for the clinician who has not come from a professionally trained background.  We spend more time on anatomy and physiology, patient communication, confidentiality and many more key things registered professionals have on their 3-4 year training programme.  We focus on the most important aspects and give you time to ask how you will achieve a professional approach and career in Phlebotomy.

How will I learn?

Your "Vein Trainers" will draw on their extensive experience, knowledge and expertise to help each leaner find their own particular technique. You will remember your "Vein Trainer's" words for weeks, months and years to come when you are accessing veins on patients, mastering the equipment and troubleshooting difficult situations. "Vein Trainers" have been specially selected because they want each one of their learners to go on to achieve competency quickly (within a few bloods or weeks, whichever is most realistic) but more importantly they want them to go beyond this and achieve expert practice.

You will even have your own VeinTrain Vein to keep practicing all day!!! 

Painless Learning 

"If you get a first good injection then it will never be worse than that" (Dougherty 1994)

A nurse who Sarah Phillips trained years ago as part of a training project in a NHS Trust, now works for the Department of Health spoke of her experience of Sarah's leadership in these skills "Sarah wouldn't let anyone near a patient with a cannula until they knew what they were doing." This is still true today so you can be assured that you will have excellent knowledge and skill before you approach a patient. Sarah Phillips also believes Lisa's (Dougherty, 1994) quote extends to learners who want to cause as little discomfort to their patients as possible. All Vein Train attendees can be assured that they will know as much as possible before approaching their patient’s as well as having good supervision until they are competent. We at Vein Train know that it is confidence in your acquired knowledge and skill that helps you achieve competency safely and painlessly for both you and the patient, as quickly as is realistically possible.

Who is the Course For?

The course is suitable for clinicians returning to these skills, the novice starting out or a practitioner updating their knowledge because they have had no formal training or are responsible for training others.  We accept applications from all individuals from many different professional and non-registered professional backgrounds as we have a vast experience of training multi-professionals.

You do not have to be a registered professional and may be or intend to be a health care support worker.  You may be undertaking a health science qualification or have worked in a different area of health care (i.e. GP Receptionist).  We know that if you come from either of these backgrounds (academic or clinical) you will have a certain level of knowledge and understanding of some of the foundations to patient care related to your patient group. (i.e. safety, communication, risk management, anatomy and physiology and so on.)  NEW! We now offer a two day phlebotomy only course aimed at learners seeking to move into this profession.

Examples of Delegates Background:  (this is not extensive) 

Occupational Health Nurses, Army Medics, Overseas Doctors, GP Receptionists, Paramedics, Midwives, Nurses, Health Care Support Workers, Radiographers, Operating Department Practitioners, Clinical Skills Trainers, Dental nurses.

Certificate of attendance, competence and accreditation

There are no national guidelines on this, however our experience informs us that if you practice and use your skills regularly you will only need to update your practice on a formal training session about every 2-3 years (depending on how much you use your skills).  This session should include some theory and practical review.  It is recommended that you use your structured learning programme to record learning and literature review that you have undertaken.   This does not have to be complex or time consuming but a note on some articles you have read and how they relate to your practice.  We would recommend that this should be no less than 1 year before a review and reflection of your practice.   If you have not practised your skill within a year of the course we would recommend a short update course before using your skills clinically.
We don’t want to waste your valuable time or money and we know that sometimes fear will stop people practising these skills after attending a course.  In this case more training will not provide a magic answer, however if you have not attended a Vein Train Course and feel unsure of your training can definitely help.  All our courses offer a quality and practical approach with access to professionals with extensive experience of training and practice.

Competency Achievement

The key to competency is supervised practise until you are ready to go it alone!  At VeinTrain you are give the solution of the nationally adopted  Structured Learning Programme (standardised competency assessment).  This document has been the accumulation of years of working with expert practitioners including Sarah Phillips, VeinTrain MD as lead author.  It is endorsed by NIVAS and takes the learner through a solid and robust competency pathway from novice to expert.  You can be sure to be competent following the VeinTrain method.  We would never offer same day competency as it is not good for you or the patient.  You can take your Competency Booklet to your supervisor to gain and then demostrate your development of competency.  

Accreditation and Theory

Sarah Philips, MD has co-edited and co-written book about these skills (Venepuncture and Cannulation – Phillips et al 2011, Wiley-Blackwells) which has now been published in Indonesia!  Addionally Sarah continues her drive to make things better by working nationally on improving standards for peripheral vascular access.  A train the trainer course ran on  October 12th 2015 to be Co-Chaired by NIVAS.  If you want to be sure of your skills join the Vein Train, Sarah is driven to make sure that these skills can be performed as well as is phsically possible. She keeps saying it is not that difficult to sort out and keeps on making things better!!!  See our VIDEO HERE on how we Welcome you to VeinTrain - we love what we do!  Our enthusiasm in contagious but you can also be sure that your knowledge and level of training is accredited to a solid standard.