About the structured learning programme


Route to Competency


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The programme has been developed by a group of healthcare professionals with an interest and expertise in venepuncture and cannulation. The aim of the programme is to provide a standardised approach towards training and assessment in order to encourage the use of these skills by well trained and appropriately placed members of the healthcare team. Additionally it should reduce the need for repeated training and assessments when practitioners move between healthcare organisations. NHS staff make the difference where it matters most and we have an obligation to patients and the public to enable them to make best use of their talents. Darzi (2008) High Quality Care For All: NHS Next Stage Review Final Report DoH. London. P 14


The pathway to competency is designed for multi-professional use and will provide learners with a structured, simple, but robust method of gaining competence and knowledge in venepuncture and/or cannulation, upon adult patients. Whilst the programme has been developed primarily for use within adult patient care, it can be adapted by healthcare organisations and specialities, to encompass competency achievement within specialised care areas, such as paediatrics and neonates. Once completed, the learner will have a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, with a record of their personal skill development, which can be recognised and therefore enable transfer of these skills across healthcare organisations.

 The Authors of This Version:

Sarah Phillips (MD and Organisation Consultant). Former Lead Nurse, Multi-Professional Practice Education Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Dr Lisa Dougherty OBE (Nurse Consultant IV Therapy), The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Annie de Verteuil (Senior Clinical Skills Trainer), Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading

Mary Collins (Lecturer Practitioner), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital

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Managing Director, RN, Paramedic Training Co., Summer 2016

I just wanted to thank you and especially Paulette for an excellent course yesterday in Nottingham. I must say Paulette was a very skilled, experienced and professional trainer with a soft but firm manner. She expertly guided the conversation to learning points that related to the different work streams of the group, using her experience in the clinical field to support the students in their individual learning goals. A big thank you for a professional day.


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