Our lead trainer Sally Shaw RGN, SEN, MSc Ethics of Health Care, MA Continuing Professional Development, QCF/NVQ A1 Assessor, QCF/NVQ V1 Quality Assurance

I started my career in nursing as an Enrolled Nurse within acute medicine. I loved being an SEN and gained so much knowledge and experience. One thing that was missing from my early career was the fact that SEN’s at that time could mentor student nurses but not assess them. I wanted to share my knowledge and assess future nurses. This was the driving force for me to undertake the conversion course and so I became a RGN. I was able to both mentor and assess nursing students. I was also able to teach and guide nursing students in clinical skills and patient care.

about-newOver the years as the role of the nurse has extended I have developed a great interest in all things vascular. I want to ensure my practice is safe and that I can get the best blood sample. I can cannulate my patients when the occasion arises. With my experience I also have knowledge on the care and management of these devices. I became a link nurse for these skills and an assessor.

My passion for training has never left me and after 15 years on the wards I moved into Practice Development. As part of this team I used the knowledge I had and developed it in the area of vascular access. I trained different staff groups in the skills of venepuncture, cannulation, IV drug administration, central venous access care and management. What I learned was: yes, the theory is very important as knowledge gives you confidence but also that it is the practical skill that practitioners worry about learning.

I pride myself in being able to train individual learners in practical skills in a relaxed and informal manner while never lowering standards. Using each persons individual skills and using reflection on practice during the practical training to enable each learner to identify their learning needs and also how we can improve their own practical skills. It is vital that all learners feel safe and supported.

I have worked within the NHS for 28 years, working at Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am also a qualified QCF/NVQ Assessor and internal Verifier and so have vast knowledge and skills in assessment and quality assurance. On leaving the NHS I moved to Warwickshire and I have worked as a freelance clinical skills trainer. I have trained different professional groups i.e. dentists, midwives, nurses, radiographers, dietitians, research PHD students, dental nurses, private sector professionals, health care assistants and paramedics. All bring with them knowledge and a willingness to learn or update their skills.

As a trainer I understand how a learner feels on first walking into the training room. It is vital that each individual learner is made to feel relaxed and that I take an interest in them and gain an understanding of their knowledge and learning needs. My skill as a trainer is also supported by my passion for and use of reflection and development through written narrative. I use my skills gained through this to facilitate reflection throughout the training day to ensure effective, relaxed learning. My passion for the use of narrative has lead to some of my writings being published in ‘Reflective Practice – writing & professional development’ Bolton G, 3rd Edition 2010 & 4th Edition 2014, Sage, London.

I set up ViP Venepuncture & Cannulation Training as I am passionate and enthusiastic about ensuring training provided in these skills is based on current practice standards. The most important aspect of the training is ensuring that delegates leave with knowledge and skill to undertake supervised practice followed by a final assessment.

My goal is you gain knowledge, confidence and skill. That you are motivated and have the skills to practice to the required standard. At the heart of this is the patient. You will be able to provide the best care, support and advice to your patients. Keeping patients safe is my biggest goal.


I am very honoured to have written an article on How to cannulate for the Nursing Standard.


How to insert a peripheral cannula

ShawSJ(2016)Howtoinsertaperipheralcannula.NursingStandard.31,12,42-47.Dateofsubmission:18May2016; date of acceptance: 9 August 2016. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10570

 I have written several other articles related to vascular access for the Nursing Standard

“I found booking with Sally very straightforward. She responded quickly to my enquiry and was able to offer me a time and date that suited the staffing diaries of our clinic. Sally ensured that she understood exactly the training needs of our staff, asking in particular about the previous experience of the nurses and about any particular issues that they wanted to cover.
Once the training date and course content was agreed, Sally made sure that everything was in place well before the date, from equipment supplies to paperwork.
Follow up after the course was prompt and payment was again straightforward. Our nurses were very enthusiastic about the training that had been delivered. I would definitely recommend Sally’s services.”   K B,Practice Manager,Dermatology Consulting

“Excellent, lots of opportunity to practice, plenty of equipment available.  First class tutor – patient & reassuring & very very knowledgable.  HCA

“Found Sally to be a great tutor & explained everything very well” HCA

“Very happy with the theory.  The practical very interesting the way Sally corrected my errors & improved my skills.” Radiographer

“The theory was good, very educational & enjoyable.” Dental Nurse
You can contact me on 0800 002 9886