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LocSSIPs - Local Safety Standard for Invasive Procedures

At Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, we believe safety should always be at the forefront of the care we deliver.

That is why one of our key priorities for the Trust in 2016-18 is to pursue quality improvements to assure safe, reliable and compassionate care to:

  • Save lives
  • Reduce harm
  • Improve patient experience
  • Meet Care Quality Commission requirements to maintain our Outstanding status

One of the ways in which we can strive to achieve all four of these, is through local implementation of the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs).

So what are NatSSIPs?

NatSSIPs have been created to bring together national and local learning from the analysis of never events, serious incidents and near misses in a set of recommendations that will help NHS organisations provide safer care to patients.

In September 2015, NHS England published a set of National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) to be modified for local use to produce Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs).

LHCH is responsible for ensuring that LocSSIPs are created for all invasive procedures carried out within the hospital, clinics and community settings and also for recruiting, managing, develop and supporting all staff that undertake invasive procedures. 

Work carried out to date

At LHCH a project team has been formed to identify, progress & maintain the implementation of the LocSSIPs. The Project Team has:

  • conducted a scoping exercise of all current standards and checklists of our invasive procedures that we have in place
  • facilitated a consultant review of all policies and cross checks to ensure all are harmonised to the National Standards
  • created robust audit templates and governance pathway for all editorial changes and monitoring
  • developed and implemented an Educational Induction Programme dedicated to the National Safety & LocSSIP standards for all clinical staff
  • identified an executive sponsor for LocSSIP compliance to ensure sustainability of standards. 


  • Reduce patient safety incidents.
  • Improve delivery of safe care during invasive procedures.
  • Improve education and training.


  • Safe, standardised and supportive approach.
  • Consistent local standards.
  • Develop generic checklists building on the WHO surgical safety checklist.
  • Development of robust and auditable checklists within EPR (Electronic Patient Record)

Contact Us:

Fiona Altintas, Head of Nursing for Surgery

Email: fiona.altintas@lhch.nhs.uk



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