Venepuncture & Cannulation Book

(2012) 3rd Ed Phillips, S., Dr Dougherty, L. OBE, Collins, M and Devertuill, A.
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“I welcome this book as the first publication on venepuncture and cannulation in the United Kingdom. The wide variety of clinicians offering these skills to their patients is welcome and makes the most of the talent in the NHS, while offering patients choice and an efficient service. The book provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of relevant information and assumes no specialist knowledge."

Professor Lord Darzi PC, KBE, FMedSci, HonFREng


Structured Learning Programme

10,000!!!! More booklets, 3rd edition, 2nd print run- wow! We are now at 60,000 documents in use a cross the UK. That is a lot of veins being looked after well and millions of improved and standardised procedures.

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"Sherwin's experience, breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism are rare - he is an excellent teacher and it is a pleasure attending one of his sessions"
Nurse, June, 2013

"Collectively the whole course was really well run and very relevant.  Would certainly recommend this course"  Radiographer, May 2013

"I have learnt my mistakes my mistakes and other staff mistakes in IV administration.  This training has built my confidence and improved my skills in IV Administration"
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Venepuncture and Cannulation Course
"Great course with planning of opportunity to practice skills in a safe and encouraging environment.  Great session on A&P and  site selection. " Occupational Health Nurse, March 2014

" Very useful enjoyable day.  Learnt a lot and felt confident to practice."
MRI/CT Radiographer, March 2014

“Excellent training and very enjoyable.  Relaxed atmosphere with just the right amount of candidates to allow ample opportunity for practice”  March 2014

“I really loved learning a new technique of cannulation”
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VEIN TRAIN LTD Supports NIVAS because we need a national voice for all things vein!  Sarah Phillips MD has worked with previous board members for over a decade. She is now delighted to continue to build the relationship with NIVAS and support the organisation in work stream and awareness.  Please join NIVAS, the price is only £30 and for that you receive an annual subscription to the BJN and many courses and events.  Join NIVAS and be part of standardising and sharing expetise in the UK and sharing the fantastic things we do on an international arena!  The Structured learning programme Sarah has led for over 10 years could only have happened with the right networks.  Sarah says "I wish there had been a NIVAS when we started the book so we could have got it out sooner"  


Currently achieving over 70,000 documnents in circulation it was clearly a good idea. Sarah beleives that there are lots of good ideas out there and NIVAS is the place to grow them into reality!!!  



If you have interest or practice in Vascular Access this organisation wants you to join them.  The work they do will help you and also you will be part of making things better for patients in the decades to follow. 



Join us in making things better!





              12th October 2015

     Royal College of Surgeons

         FREE to NIVAS Members

         (Nivas : £30 Registration Join NIVAS)


SAVE THE DATE TO SAVE THE VEIN!!   12th October 2015, Royal College of Surgeons - FREE to NIVAS memebers (£30 membership fee)

  Train the Trainer Day: Some of the UK Experts have agreed to give away their secrets in the interests of saving the nations veins!  Sarah Phillips our MD has also agreed to give away some of our trainng kit and tools on the day.  A goody bag of over £70 is being given away on the day!!!  

Would you like to come and meet the experts in this field in this wonderful venue for free!  Are you a trainers, specialist practitioner, radiographer,  paramedic,  nurses.  Would you like to take back practical skills and products to to your organsisation and use the techniques we know works for learnrers and so patients!

Join us in saving the nations veins!!   




NIVAS Membership

Individual membership costs £30.00 and is valid for 12 months from the date of joining.

What will the society deliver to its members?

  • Membership of the only novice-to-expert multiprofessional UK organisation covering vascular access and infusion therapy
  • A collective voice that will influence the future of infusion therapy and vascular access and ensure practice is informed and developed by all disciplines
  • Discounted registration rates at the NIVAS symposia
  • A vehicle to communicate with colleagues working in infusion therapy and vascular access and influence joint working audit and research
  • Shared members’ expertise and opinion to help raise standards and quality of practice in infusion therapy and vascular access
  • Educational initiatives that highlight practice innovations to meet the challenges of emergent technologies and working in partnership with industry
  • The opportunity to join a specialist sub-group within the society
  • Receipt of a biannual newsletter and the opportunity to air your views on the issues affecting infusion therapy and vascular access
  • The opportunity to explore the potential of a national curriculum for teaching and learning materials
  • Access to the members-only section of the website

If you are interested in becoming a corporate member, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NIVAS members, who are UK tax payers, can claim tax relief on NIVAS membership subscriptions.
Please note that NIVAS is unable to offer tax advice, so all enquiries must be made to HMRC.
HMRC will require the following details in writing from members or their employers:

  • The date you became a member of NIVAS
  • The annual subscription cost (they will need to be advised every time there is a increase in subscriptions to ensure you claim the correct amount)

HMRC will adjust your tax code accordingly, and any relief will be reflected in the salary paid by your employer (if you are self employed then membership subscriptions should be included in your tax return).
Further details are available from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website: www.hmrc.gov.uk




Letter from the Chair

Welcome to our autumn newsletter and my first letter as the new Chair. I would like to thank Lisa Dougherty as outgoing Chair for her dedication to NIVAS, not only in her role as Chair, but for her vision and commitment to co-founding the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society along with other former RCN IV Therapy Forum Board members in 2009.

NIVAS membership since then has grown not only in numbers but in diversity, and we now have a multi-professional membership that spans both acute and community services. We are, of course, always looking to recruit new members and have decided to keep the membership fee at £30 per annum for 2015/2016. Please encourage your colleagues to join NIVAS—the more members the more of a voice and more influence we can have. As you are aware, to avoid a clash with WoCoVA 2014, we decided not to hold our annual conference this year but instead to hold two symposia.

The first of these—the Central Venous Access Symposium—took place on 9th September and was evaluated very positively. You will find a more detailed report inside this newsletter. Our Peripheral Vascular Access Symposium will take place on Thursday 27th November in Oxford, so look out for the report from this in our next newsletter. 2015, however, sees us return to our annual NIVAS conference, which will be held on the 9th & 10th of June at the Thistle Bristol City Centre, The Grand—please put the date in your diary; we would love to see you there. The theme will be “Challenges and the future of IV therapy”. We already have some exciting speakers lined up and have carefully reviewed your evaluations from past conferences to ensure that we are responding to your ideas and suggestions for topics.


As always, the website will provide information on past and present initiatives and a forum to ask any questions that may be either answered by one of the Board members or sent to the membership for a wider perspective. As well as keeping ourselves updated with developments in the IV world, NIVAS is now moving into the world of social media—check out our Twitter account @NIVAS_tweets and get tweeting!



Jackie Nicholson, NIVAS Chair



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