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Phlebotomy Practitioner Job Description
4. To be responsible for maintaining accurate documentation.
5. Maintain confidentiality of patient’s information.
6. To ensure the highest standards of quality at all times.
7. To undertake any clerical tasks that may be required.
8. Work with colleagues as a team member and as part of a team without direct supervision offering support if necessary to colleagues.
9. Prioritise own duties and workload on a daily basis, working to deadlines.
10. To bring to the attention of the Lead Phlebotomist of any problems that may arise.
11. To check and maintain stock levels of phlebotomy trolleys, ordering items when necessary and replenish stocks within the areas as needed.
12. To undertake an annual skills competency assessment in relation to phlebotomy skills.
Clinical Care (secondary role function)
1. To assist with care of patients, including personal care, meeting nutritional needs, including feeding, ensuring set standards of care are maintained for all patients.
2. To accurately record and report observations e.g. pulse, respiration, blood pressure and temperature with the aid of specialist equipment as appropriate to the needs of the work place.
3. To accurately maintain the fluid balance chart, emptying and recording urine volumes being able to recognise and report abnormalities in colour, consistency and odour.
Support patient care across the by carrying out phlebotomy duties as a prime role responsibility, with a particular responsibility for obtaining high quality blood culture samples. In addition, the post-holder will undertake other care assistant tasks as directed by the registered practitioner to effect timely investigations and treatments for adult patients. The post-holder will be expected to assist in identifying and respond positively to the changing demands of the service.
1. Follow the standard operating procedures for obtaining specimens.
• Patient approach.
• Patient identification.
• Patient preparation.
• Patient consent.
• Selection of correct equipment – butterfly etc.
• Selection of test containers according to discipline.
• Correct fill of container.
• Resolving/recognition of problems associated with procedure, referring to the appropriate professional.
2. Ensure correct labelling and transportation of specimens, collection and transport of specimens safely to the laboratory to enable early testing.
3. Participate in the routine work of specimen process if required.
Knowledge To have an awareness of health relations issues and how to promote good health.
Understanding of Health and Safety regulations.
Qualification NVQ Level III or equivalent
Good general education – numerate and literate
Experience Substantial experience either in health care or as phlebotomist.
Completion of level 3 competencies in health care or and completion of competencies in phlebotomy
Communication Skills Good communication skills including
Polite with empathetic approach.
Ability to communicate within multi-disciplinary team.
Accurate and legible record keeping
Judgement Able to work in a pressured environment, to deadlines, whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
Ability to prioritise workload
Ability to problem-solve simple problems
Demonstrate effective use of time
Personal Qualities Ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team.
Ability to work without direct supervision for periods during a shift
Evidence of good interpersonal skills.
Demonstrate a caring attitude.
Working environment / conditions Exposure to terminally ill patients
Some exposure to verbal aggression
Exposure to bodily fluids
Professionalism Evidence of continuing development.
Awareness of relevant/current health care issues.
Flexible Participation in flexible work patterns and on-call arrangements, including bank holiday’s
4. To undertake the following activities as directed by registered practitioner, following appropriate training and competency acquisition;
• measure blood glucose with the aid of specialist equipment, recording
• and reporting the results.
• record 12 lead electrocardiograms.
• undertake simple dressing application to intravenous cannulas.
• arterial blood gas near patient testing
5. Participate in role review which may develop to include the following activities as directed by registered practitioner following appropriate training and competency acquisition;
• upper limb intravenous cannulation
• male/female catheterisation.
• remove urinary catheters.
• test urine samples, recording the results.
• record nasogastric drainage and remove nasogastric tubes.
• contribute to the care of a deceased person and their carers.
6. To ensure that appropriate moving and handling techniques and equipment are used when manual handling.
7. To escort patients to other departments within the hospital as requested by the registered practitioner.
8. To assist in health education or information giving as indicated by the registered nurse.
1. To undertake all activities with a high degree of accuracy and in a timely manner.
2. To feedback information gathered from patient interaction, plus care given, to multi-disciplinary team entering relevant information into the care records as necessary. All entries are to be countersigned by a registered nurse.
3. To answer the telephone and take messages as required.
4. To be familiar with, and comply with, all appropriate Organisationpolicies and procedures.
5. To comply with Health and Safety Regulations and to report accidents/untoward incidents/hazards and unsafe equipment to the nurse in charge of the ward immediately, utilising the incident reporting system.
6. To attend mandatory training and such courses/lectures/in-service training, as indicated by the needs of the service and own personal development as identified at appraisal and within personal development plan.
7. To supervise less experienced staff and provide practical training in procedures within own area for new staff as required.
8. To take specimens to laboratories as required.
9. At all times to maintain a professional image e.g. in accordance with the Trusts Uniform Policy.
10. To participate in personal development reviews and sign up to a Personal Development Plan.
11. To undertake any other duties as may be required to meet with the needs of the service within the limitations of the grade for the post, including participating in role review as required.
1. Within the scope of the role to work within national guidance on cleanliness and to comply with the Trusts Infection Control Policy and procedures.
2. Demonstrate a current knowledge of infection prevention and control practices through the delivery of clinical care and maintenance of a safe environment in accordance with infection prevention and control practices and policies.
3. Take part in infection prevention initiatives in the local area.
4. Challenge infection prevention practices, reporting breaches using relevant Organisationpolicies as appropriate (e.g. incident reporting policy).