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Sun 14th Aug 2011

Book Published to Improve Standards


A new publication plans to equip healthcare practitioners with vital Venepuncture and Cannulation expertise, and play an intrinsic role in standardising these procedures across all healthcare professions.

Venepuncture and Cannulation (Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses) by Sarah Phillips,      Mary Collins and Lisa Dougherty (RRP£27.99), provides a comprehensive overview of relevant information and integrates competent practice and patient experience throughout.

As the most commonly performed invasive procedures in the UK, and an everyday procedure in healthcare practice, the book aims to equip healthcare practitioners with underlying theory of Venepuncture and Cannulation techniques prior to gaining competence in a hospital or community setting.  It is intended for practitioners wanting to update their knowledge or novices who are learning the skills for the first time.

The book has been welcomed by Professor Lord Darzi who believes it is an: Example of how the NHS in particular, remains at the forefront of pioneering clinical practice development in healthcare worldwide. 

As the Paul Hamblyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, Professor Darzi PC, KBE, FMedSci, HonFREng, is internationally-respected for his innovative work in the advancement of minimal invasive surgery.  In his Foreword he observes that while: The wide variety of clinicians offering these skills to their patients is welcome and makes the most of talent in the NHS....such diversity risks different types of practices evolving.  He adds: It is therefore essential that a clear, concise yet informative text is available for clinicians to lead forward best practice in the most appropriate and informative way.  He also acknowledged, The Editors commitment to providing a text with a strong emphasis on high quality patient care, and the importance of training and education in order to achieve that aim.

The book explores relevant anatomy and physiology, covers education and training, legal and ethical issues, potential complications and patient perspectives.  It also provides guidance on the selection of the appropriate vein and equipment and common blood tests.

Andrew Jackson, IV Nurse Consultant, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, also commented on the books publication, saying: This work is very important. We have many novice practitioners beginning to learn these skills.  This will be a key resource for them.

The authors consider education and training to be pivotal in providing best practice and ensuring a patients safety at all times.  Editor Sarah Phillips, formerly lead nurse, Practice Education at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, is lead trainer for Vein Train Ltd, offering specialist Venepuncture, Cannulation and IV Drug Administration Training and Consultancy across the UK.  For further information about course dates and venues visit

Venepuncture and Cannulation (Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses) is published by Wiley Blackwell Publishing Ltd and is now available at £27.99.

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Note to Editors:

The Authors

Sarah Phillips was formerly Lead Nurse, Practice Education at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust.

Mary Collins is Lecturer Practitioner at St Marys NHS Trust.

Lisa Dougherty is Nurse Consultant, Intravenous Therapy, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.


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