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IV Therapy Passport

The IV Therapy Passport is an agreed approach and pathway through intravenous (IV) medication administration training and assessment. It has been developed and designed through collaboration with stakeholders from health care organisations and higher education institutes across London.

The pathway leads health care professionals (HCP) to gain an IV Therapy Passport which enables that person to transfer between organisations in London with their IV skills, without the need to retrain. The passport enables health care professionals to transfer with their IV skills, between organisations in London without the need to retrain. 

Although designed and developed in London, the pathway is of relevance nationally.

The IV Therapy Passport is endorsed by The Royal College of Nursing until June 2023 and is available free of cost.

Who is the IV Therapy Passport for?

The passport is designed for registered and student health care professionals caring for infants, children, young people and adults, whose role requires the administration of intravenous medication for patients. Healthcare professionals can access the pathway and passport at a range of points in their career, these may be as a/an:

  • pre-registration student such as a student nurse or midwife 
  • internationally recruited healthcare professional
  • registrant after registration with a professional body
  • existing member of the workforce to upskill.

The IV Therapy Passport pathway

The pathway to the passport is comprised of three steps as illustrated below:


Step 1 Access Learning

The IV Therapy Passport programme of e-learning is on the HEE e-Learning for Healthcare hub (e-LfH). This is free to access for health care professionals working within NHS organisations, charities, social care and Higher Education Institutions (HEI), and is accessible for profit organisation by arrangement.

Please note, during COVID 19, e-learning has been made freely accessible.

This programme of e-learning provides the full curriculum and is the preferred route to access the learning required for the passport. Read more about it here e-LfH IV Therapy Passport programme page and access the e-learning by following the link e-LfH Hub. For more information download the Implementation Guide.

Step 2 Assess Knowledge

Assessment of knowledge is via e-assessment on the e-LfH Hub – this is the standardised gateway to practice learning and assessment. A drug calculation eAssessment is included.

Step 3 IV Practice Learning and Assessment

This IV Practice Learning and Assessment Document (IV PLAD) for the pathway is composed of a set of core proficiencies and a choice of optional proficiencies, selected to be relevant to a HCP’s current role.

Download IV PLAD for use in practice after completing steps 1 and 2.

The IV Therapy Passport

The passport is evidence of the HCP’s learning, assessment, and proficiency in IV therapy.

As the HCP transfers between organisations, they will identify with their educational supervisor if and where their IV therapy skills need to develop or be expanded to meet the requirements of the new role.

To find out more about the IV Therapy Passport, and about how to implement the pathway in your organisation please view the presentation and for more detailed information and frequently asked questions, download the Implementation Guide.  If you have further questions please contact capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk.

Critical Care

For nurses working in critical care, there is specialist standardised teaching on the administration of IV medication – this is Pan London Critical Care Intravenous Therapy.

Pre-requisites: Staff need to be deemed competent to administer IV medication by their organisation.

There is also an associated competency assessment document for practice learning and assessment.

For further information visit Pan London critical care intravenous therapy.

To access the e-learning Visit e-learning for healthcare.

Development of the IV Therapy Passport

CapitalNurse’s shared vision to ‘get nursing right for London; ensuring that London has the right number of nurses, with the right skills in the right place, working to deliver excellent nursing wherever it is needed by the people of London’ was the catalyst for the work alongside stakeholder feedback on the challenges around staff transferring with IV skills and the frequent requirement for retraining.

The project was ambitious in engaging widely with London’s healthcare providers (the NHS, Charitable and independent sector) and higher education institutes (HEI’s), alongside CapitalMidwife to ensure broad stakeholder representation and to engage experts in the field. With such broad engagement, the project has been able to consider and meet the needs of all adult and children's nurses and midwives in all healthcare settings.

From this engagement, an IV Therapy pathway was shaped from the evaluation of stakeholders’ requirements and recommendations. Four workstreams were established, enabling stakeholders, all of whom were involved in IV Therapy training and education in their organisation, to contribute to components of the pathway where they had expertise.

From these workstreams, authors, editors and reviewers were identified. These subject matter experts have shaped and created the programme of e-Learning, the practice learning and assessment document, and the entire pathway.

Two phases of testing were implemented to test both the e-learning content and functionality and the practice learning and assessment document with nurses and midwives in hospital and community settings across London.

Simultaneously, a steering group and senior leadership sponsors for the project were identified to promote and to provide governance for the work.

With thanks to the following organisations for their collaboration and contribution to developing the IV Therapy Passport.

- Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

- Barts Health NHS Trust

- BUPA Cromwell Hospital

- CapitalMidwife

- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

- Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

- CLIC Sargent

- Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

- Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

- Greenwich University

- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

- Haringey and Islington CCG

- Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

- Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

- Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

- Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

- London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

- Middlesex University

- North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust

- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

- Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

- Royal College of Nursing

- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

- St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

- The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

- University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

- Whittington Health NHS Trust