Venepuncture Foundation Training

CQC Fundamental Standards: Regulation 12: Safe care and treatment

NMC Code of Conduct Standards: 2: Practise effectively

This programme combines the theoretical and practical aspects of taking blood.Participants may have some experience or none at all but will need to be able to identify a mentor to provide support for post course assessment.


  • To enhance understanding of the anatomy and physiology relating to obtaining venous samples
  • To explore legislation, policy and good practice related to venepuncture
  • To provide an opportunity to demonstrate safe and correct practice on training arm

Learning outcomes:

  • Raise Awareness of anatomy and physiology relevant to venepuncture
  • Identify the procedure required and preparing, obtaining and transportation of blood samples
  • Discuss potential complications and infection control issues relating to venepuncture
  • Raise awareness around legal and professional considerations in regard to venepuncture
  • Link theory to practice by demonstrating safe and correct procedure on training arm

Pre course work:

  • Participants are advised to revise their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the venous system prior to the day.
  • The participant will need to identify a mentor to provide support and to complete competencies in venepuncture.
  • All participants should be up to date on basic life support and infection control

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