Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients to help identify illnesses and test levels in the blood, such as the level of iron. All blood samples are taken to a professional laboratory, where the results can be used to diagnose conditions. 

Phlebotomists may work in hospitals, clinics or health centres and even visit patients at their houses, or residential and care homes. 

What does a Phlebotomist do?

  • Makes sure that patients feel safe and comfortable when giving their samples
  • Ensures no harm comes to patients during sample taking 
  • Takes blood samples correctly, so that it can be used for testing 
  • Labels samples correctly and stores them correctly
  • Delivers samples of blood promptly to the labs

Entry requirements 

  • You may be working as a Healthcare Assistant and then receive training in Phlebotomy, so that you are qualified to take a patient’s blood samples
  • Employers essentially ask for 2 GCSEs or equivalent, most probably for Maths and English, or may ask for a BTEC or equivalent vocational qualification in Health and Social Care or Healthcare
  • You will need relevant work experience e.g. experience in health or social care – whether paid or voluntary
  • There are apprenticeships that can give you the relevant experience to go in to Phlebotomy