Leadership – time to step up

Look around any meeting of Health Care Librarians and you will see a fair number of grey heads.  What will happen when they all retire?  Who are the leaders of the future?  It might be you.   Knowledge for Healthcare aims to develop leadership talent and to ensure continuity of senior leadership capability for the health care library sector.   There are two courses on offer, the Leadership Development Programme and the Senior Leadership Development Programme.

Sorry, can you just read the small print first?

Applicants can only apply for one programme.  If you would like to apply for either course please take the time to read the briefing documents very carefully and to discuss your application with your manager.

Leadership Development Programme

“[The] course has given me more self-confidence as a leader and the confidence to start putting things into practice”

Delivered in partnership with CILIP, on behalf of Health Education England, the programme is designed to strengthen your capability to lead the ambitious changes envisioned by the Knowledge for Healthcare project.   The Leadership Development programme is currently  recruiting a second cohort. Twenty four librarians participated in the first cohort.

Who is it for?

The programme is targeted at mid-career professionals.  The programme is tailored specifically for healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists who work for the NHS. Applications are welcome from all levels of experience. However, you will benefit most from the programme if you have some leadership experience and are looking to build on this for the future.

HEE/Leadership Academy Knowledge for Healthcare Senior Leadership Development Programme

This programme is delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy, on behalf of Health Education England. It is designed to strengthen your ability lead the ambitious changes set out by Knowledge for Healthcare. There are 15 places on offer.

Who is it for?

This programme is for you if you are a senior healthcare librarian or knowledge specialist already leading a service, team or network, and wish to develop and strengthen your effectiveness as a leader. The programme is primarily intended for those who work for the NHS. You will need a minimum of three years leadership experience, to want to make a difference through your work, to reach your full potential, to widen your portfolio and to aspire to career progression to a more senior role.

How to apply?

You should email your application sending your CV, a 1000 to 1500 word personal statement and letter of support from your manager by Friday 27th January 2017 at 5pm by email to David.Stewart@nhs.net.  See the briefing documents for further details:

Knowledge for Healthcare- Leadership Development Programme [pdf]
Knowledge for Healthcare- Senior Leadership Development Programme [pdf]



Information and library leaders explore future workforce development

Responding to feedback from the profession, CILIP identified a cross-sector interest in identifying the future development needs of the workforce and how best to meet those needs. Working in partnership with City, University of London, CILIP designed and hosted a free employer engagement event, sponsored by Demco Interiors to address this theme on 2nd November 2016. Luke Stevens-Burt, Head of Member Services said “CILIP is well placed to bring together leaders from across the profession. This event gave sector leaders time and space to explore the professional issues and workforce developments they will all face in the near future. The opportunity to work together is important in securing a stronger workforce in the future.”

The event kicked off with a CILIP presentation summarising important workforce studies followed by a panel discussion with senior representatives from across the professional sectors.

The attendees fedback that they valued “talking to colleagues across sectors” and “hearing the different views and ideas from speakers”. The event continued with lively workshop activities identifying the vital skills employers need developed for the future workforce. It also reinforced the range of skills in the profession, demonstrating how demanding and varied information careers are. Some recurring themes were; data management and analytics, business skills, resilience, change management, communication, political skills, teaching and marketing.

Employers want well-rounded professionals, grounded in solid theory but with real life experience. Discussion centred on the scope of the academic role in providing this. It was suggested academic courses provide a solid foundation and are well placed to continue to deliver or develop content around data management, evidence based research, business skills, communication and legislation. There was strong recognition of the role of continuing professional development (CPD) in helping professionals to acquire the necessary skills and experience. Employers valued the role of CPD opportunities such as shadowing, mentoring and secondments to help individuals gain confidence, communication and networking skills as well as giving practical experience of project and budget management. The event demonstrated employers value the scope CILIP’s Professional Registration to deliver many of the attributes employers need. With its emphasis on CPD and reflection it is seen as a way to develop well-rounded, reflective practitioners and future leaders. There was support for building a vocational route, ideally using existing frameworks to give a blended learning approach, combining study and work place experience.

CILIP CEO Nick Poole commented “The event was a huge success. It brought together a diverse audience of leaders and managers from libraries and the wider knowledge and information management sector. It was a great opportunity to discuss the changing job market, the future demand for information skills and how we work with learning providers to attract, retain and develop talent in the sector. CILIP will use these outcomes to inform our current work on the Public Library Skills Strategy and our wider work on a UK-wide Information Skills Strategy.” The organisers are keen for the information sharing and dialogue started at the event to continue and plans are developing for a repeat health sector-specific event and a mapping document of current LIS course content.

Priority access to employer engagement events is just one of the benefits of CILIP’s Organisation Membership. For more information contact CILIP Development Officer (Employers) Jo Cornish jo.cornish@cilip.org.uk or 020 7255 0549. For more information on Professional Registration contact memberservices@cilip.org.uk

STEP is stepping up a gear!

Work is progressing on the creation of the STEP e-learning modules. Our content lead, Michelle Maden has made significant strides in working out the detail of the module content and the blended learning team have really got stuck into creating the design.

So far we have

  • Agreed modules, titles and learning objectives
  • Drafted the content of 3 of the 7 modules
  • Planned the basic design of the modules in terms of menus, screen layout and colours
  • Started work on a piece of animation to explain AND/OR
  • Published a piece in the Health Libraries Group Newsletter

We have also decided on the collective name for the modules- How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide for success. The feedback we received suggested making the title active ie how to.... as well as having positive connotations ie success. The step by step reflects our original project name STEP.

At all stages, we have tried wherever possible to obtain input from our ever helpful Virtual Reference Group, project team clinician and the steering group.

The modules are really starting to take shape now and we are hoping to release the first module for testing early on in the New Year so watch this space….!

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracey Pratchett
Knowledge and Library Services Manager
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust