Requirements for Phlebotomists

  • No formal registration required, you may have registration with the National Association of Phlebotomists which would be advantageous.
  • Qualification required - Certificate of Competence in Phlebotomy from NHS Phlebotomy department.

Personal information

  • Completed Sonographers Medical application form, including  Terms & Conditions.
  • Full updated current CV with detailed work history (with no breaks in employment).
  • Copy of Passport (original document needs to be sighted and verified by Sonographers Medical).
  • UK entry status; if applicable (proof of eligibility to work in the UK, original documents sighted & verified by Sonographers Medical).
  • Driving Licence (original sighted & verified) as evidence of identity and/or proof of address.
  • Change of name; if applicable (must be supported by marriage certificate or other relevant original documentation).
  • Copies of 2 utility bills - but not mobile phone bill (proof of UK address).
  • Details of 2 Professional References (most recent employers & within the last 2 years).
  • Passport photos x 2.

Police Reports

  • Police report from country of origin - if applicable must be within 3 months of UK arrival.
  • Enhanced DBS check (previously enhanced Criminal Records Bureau/CRB check) (issued by previous employer or organisation within the last 12 months).
  • Completed enhanced DBS application form (formerly CRB) issued by Sonographers Medical. Sonographers Medical will pay for DBS application.

Occupational Health

  • Completed Sonographers Medical Occupational health questionnaire.
  • Proof of immunity for Hep B (laboratory report with Titre levels above 100).
  • Proof of immunity for Rubella (laboratory report of positive immunity).
  • Proof of Tuberculosis immunity (written proof of BCG scar has been sighted by an OH Nurse/Doctor or proof of TB vaccination administered).
  • Proof of immunity to Mumps & Measles (lab report of positive immunity or evidence of MMR vaccination).
  • Proof of immunity to Varicella (written self declaration of having Shingles or Chicken Pox is sufficient).

Annual Manual Handling Training

  • Certificate of Manual Handling training, physical training that must have been undertaken within the last 12 months. We will arrange for you if not complete.
  • Certificate of Basic Life Support or CPR training, physical training course, completed in the last 12 months.


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What is a Phlebotomist ?
Phlebotomists are specialised clinical support workers / assistant healthcare scientists, who collect blood from patients for examination in laboratories.

Phlebotomists have the responsibility of obtaining a blood sample without harming the patient or disturbing the nursing care they are receiving at the time, whilst causing the minimum amount of distress and upset in patients who often present with acute anxiety and phobia.
The Phlebotomist needs to ensure the blood is taken correctly, as damaged specimens may result in unobtainable test results. Once the blood is taken, the Phlebotomist is generally responsible for transporting the specimen to the correct laboratory as and when required.

Entry requirements

There are no specific minimum requirements, although a range of GCSEs would be an advantage.


Many hospitals offer a Certificate of Competency in Phlebotomy and it is a mandatory requirement that locum Phlebotomists hold such a qualification. Training is predominantly practical in nature and will include learning to take blood from different patient groups including children and the elderly.
The course will also cover such topics as:

  • The role of phlebotomy within the pathology department and the hospital as a whole.
  • The importance of professional standards, codes of practice and local rules.
  • The various blood collection methods available to a Phlebotomist.
  • The requirements for different sample tubes and labelling protocols.
  • Considerations in choosing appropriate sites for venepuncture (the needle puncture site).
  • Health and safety considerations.

After training you may be awarded a certificate of competence which will allow you to work without close supervision throughout the hospital. The certificate will also be beneficial if you want to work in another hospital.

Where can I obtain further information?

National Association of Phlebotomists
12 Coldbath Square

Tel: 0207 833 8784
Fax: 0208 363 7738

Institute of Biomedical Science
12 Coldbath Square

Tel: 020 7713 0214
Fax: 020 7436 4946

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