The key task of the phlebotomist is to collect blood samples from humans, usually using needle to draw blood from a vein. Their role may also involve analysing samples and making recommendations based on their findings.
This page lists UK recruitment agencies that have experience in matching suitable candidates to phlebotomist vacancies.
There are no specific requirements to become phlebotomist, but a range of good GCSEs are likely to benefit any applicant, alongside any medical knowledge or training. In most cases training will take place on-the-job, where students will learn to take blood from a variety of patient groups, including children and the elderly.
Key personal qualities such as reliability, time management and interpersonal communication skills will be important in becoming a successful phlebotomist.
In the UK the vast majority of phlebotomists work in the National Health Service, but there are opportunities in private health organisations too. Roles can arise in clinics and surgeries as well as hospitals.
Depending on the location of the role, pay starts at around £8 per hour. Trainee or student positions are paid less than this. Aside from a range of other potential benefits, a phlebotomist may have access to a pension scheme, and in the case of NHS employment a pension will certainly be available.