Overview - Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs for short) are used to ensure consistency and quality within the organisation and ensures that the right people are trained for the job.
This module will help the learner gain knowledge for the theory behind and practical tips for implementing Standard Operating Procedures. Including, understanding what a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is, understanding the value of SOP’s, assessments and training matrices – and understanding how to write all three documents.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are detailed sets of written instructions, which are essential to ensure that businesses operate effectively. SOP can be used to satisfy compliance requirements, mitigate health & safety risks and necessary disruptions in an organisation. Companies need to develop comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPS) to ensure that employees are performing their job safely, and in accordance with the organisation's health and safety policy.
The functions of SOP include:
- Training of staff
- A means of standardisation and sharing best practice
- A tool to help manage the workplace
- An audit document – training, risk, best practice
- Document control and discipline BD/ISO accreditation
The principles of ‘Lean’ are also used: Lean is often described as an approach for providing products or services that a customer requires on-time, of the right quality, at the right price, in the right amount, whilst meeting budgetary constraints and continually reducing costs.
The overall aim of this module is to give you a broad knowledge of the theory behind, and the tips for undertaking, Standard Operating Procedures (or SOPs).
Having completed this module learners will be able to:
- Understand what a Standard Operating Procedure is
- Understand the value of SOPs, assessments and training matrices
- Understand how to write all three documents
- Lean Principles
- Introduction to Standard Operating Procedure
- How to write a Standard Operating Procedure
- Assessments and Training Matrices
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 3 - 4 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.
This e-learning module is aimed at anyone within an organisation wishing to standardise practice and improve productivity. Although this module uses examples and scenarios from a Health and Social Care setting, it is equally useful to anyone outside of this sector, who would like to understand Standard Operating Procedures.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
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