Standard Operating Procedures

What is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)?

A Standard Operating Procedure or SOP provides detailed, written instructions to achieve uniformity in the performance of specific functions. SOPs are extensively used in a wide range of industries, including health and care to assist staff to work safely, protecting service users as well as themselves.

Our Standard Operating Procedures are specific to your healthcare environment and describe the activities necessary to complete tasks in accordance with relevant regulations, legislation, standards or evidence.

Why do we need SOPs?

All registered providers of health and care are required to “have and adhere to policies, designed for the individual’s care and provider organisations that will help to prevent and control infections” in compliance with criterion 9 of the Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and associated guidance (2015).

Policies are over-arching documents (see manual above for the polices) which are frequently supported by underpinning protocols and procedures – including Standard Operating Procedures – that give individual staff guidance and support whilst undertaking a range of interventions in a methodical way.

These SOPs are written to provide both an action and a rationale for the action in a step by step approach where this is appropriate. This provides staff with an explanation so that they understand exactly why they are expected to undertake the procedure in a certain way. This supports appropriate working practices.

IPS also provide individual  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for your facility  to buy at £25.00 each SOP, please call the office on 020 8906 277 as we have a very extensive range and can email the full list some examples of that range as below:


Specimen Collection and Handling  – Blood & Body Fluid Spillage Management  – Management of Respiratory Equipment – Hand Hygiene – Aseptic Technique/Basic Wound Care  – Laundry management – Waste management – Isolation Procedures – Sharps Management  – Adult Urinary Catheterisation Policy – Insertion and Management in a Residential Setting – Insertion of a Male Urethral Catheter – Procedure for Male Intermittent Catherisation when undertaken by Care Staff – Procedure for Female Intermittent Catherisation when undertaken by Healthcare or Care Staff – Insertion of a Female Urethral Catheter  – Strategy for the Management of Catheter Related Problems – Trial Without Catheter (TWOC)  – Procedures for Administration of Catheter Maintenance Solutions  – Protocol for Emptying a Catheter – Urinary Catheter Care Plan –  Strategy for the Management of Catheter Related Problems 

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