Build your leadership skills with the NHS Leadership Academy

If you are looking to build your leadership skills in a health and care context, at your own pace, while being part of a supportive online community, the Edward Jenner Programme from the NHS Leadership Academy could be for you.

Aimed at staff fairly new to leadership, the programme is open to everyone, working at any level, in a health and social care context and offers a first step into leadership. The learning offers a mix of theory and practice delivered online and can therefore be undertaken at a time and place suited your needs.  Furthermore, as it is an NHS course, the examples provided are NHS specific and therefore easier to relate to our own work.

Colleagues who serve NHS staff but are employed by Higher Education Institutions or Local Authorities are equally welcome to sign up.

The programme is made up of three elements:

  • Launch – offers and introduction to leadership and a chance for self-reflection.  It is designed to take about 5 hours to complete
  • Foundations – offers more about the theory and practice of leadership with real-life examples taken from health and social care.

Both these elements are free to access and undertaken online through a mixture of film, activities and discussions.   Following completion of the Foundation module participants are invited to complete a short written piece reflecting on learning from the programme which results in being entered for a NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

For those who complete Launch and Foundations and wish to go further with the programme a third module is available.

  • Advanced – offers further online learning and three face-to-face one-day workshops, taking around three months to complete.

Unlike the first two modules which are free to complete, this module incurs a fee of £350.

If you are interested why not view further details on the NHS Leadership Academy website and talk to your line manager about signing up?

On behalf of the Workforce Planning and Development Group

Different folks, different strokes: results of the STEP E-learning surveys by Tracey Pratchett and Sarah Lewis

We had an incredible response to our survey on information skills and e-learning – 139 responses from library staff and 173 from healthcare professionals. This exceeded expectations and has given us a great platform on which to build – thanks to everyone who contributed!

In some ways the results confirmed what we had already expected e.g. key concerns about literature searching included how to access resources and identifying search terms and that interactive elements and ease of access could encourage people to use e-learning. Time pressures were also seen as a potential barrier and many library staff raised concerns about the limitations of older versions of internet browsers.

Interestingly, there were some key differences in perceptions of information literacy needs between library and healthcare staff. Healthcare staff ranked concerns with finding relevant information more highly than librarians. However, library staff felt that healthcare professionals may need more training in advanced searching techniques – something which was not commonly recognised by healthcare staff themselves. Of course, this could be a case of “you don’t know what you don’t know”.

Michelle Madden analysed the survey results and made a number of recommendations which we will take forward. For those of you interested in reading the full report and recommendations, it is available here.

Here are a few selected highlights from the recommendations:

  • Search skills modules should initially focus more on introducing or reinforcing the basics of searching rather than on more advanced search skills.
  • Modules should prioritise the following topics: refining searches when too many or too few results are found, accessing full text articles and awareness of different resources.
  • Employ multiple interactive learning activities to engage different learning styles.
  • Balance accessibility due to browser capability with providing an interactive and engaging learning experience.

At our first face to face project team meeting in the impressive Manchester Central Library we started to clarify what the modules might look like. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Module 1: Introduction to searching modules. This module will outline key problems when searching and where to find help in the e-learning modules. It could also include a few basic questions to get baseline knowledge.
  • Module 2: Where should I start searching? User needs survey highlighted lack of awareness of where to start searching. This module will provide suggestions to where to start looking based on type of question, quality of evidence etc.
  • Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy? Will help users to break down search into different concepts but use generic concepts rather than PICO. This module will also introduce combining search terms, thesaurus.
  • Module 4: Too many results? How to narrow down your search. Searching tips such as phrase searching and truncation to help users find relevant articles in less time
  • Module 5: Too few results? How to broaden your search. Searching tips such as phrase searching and truncation to help users find relevant articles in less time
  • Module 6: Searching with thesaurus terms.
  • Module 7: How to search the healthcare databases. This will be a basic overview – perhaps with links out to Youtube videos being produced by NICE. It will allow users to apply their learning into practice.

Please let us know what you think, any comments are welcome!

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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

Mapping the Workforce, Mapping the Challenges

In November 2015 CILIP and ARA released the executive summary of Mapping the Library, Archives, Records, Information Management and Knowledge Management [LARKIM] and related professions in the United Kingdom”; an ambitious research project commissioned in 2014. It is believed to be the first wholesale national workforce mapping study of the LARKIM domains ever conducted in any country. The research establishes a long-needed data baseline, a starting point to identify trends by repeating the study in the future.

The survey estimated the size of the UK LARKIM workforce at 86,376 and 6,565 (7.6%) of those work in a Health and Social Care settings. The study identified a number of key findings:

Women dominate the workforce – The overall gender split of the overall LARKIM workforce is 78.1% female, 21.9% male.

Women are under-represented in senior management – Male workers are more likely to occupy management roles than their female peers. The 10.2% of men in senior management roles is almost double that of female workers (5.9%)

There is a significant gender pay gap – The study identified that men earn more than women: 47% of men working more than 22 hours per week and earn £30,000 or more annually, but only 37.3% women.

The workforce is highly-qualified – The UK information workforce is academically well-qualified: 61.4% have a postgraduate qualification. Of those that hold qualifications related to library and information science, 50.5% have a postgraduate qualification.

High-earners are more likely to hold professional qualifications than low-earners Whilst, there no direct link found between academic qualifications and pay, a significant link was found between professional qualifications and earnings; 64.8% of the workforce earning £40,000 or more hold a professional qualification.

There is an ageing workforce – The highest proportion of the workforce falls in the 45 to 55 age band. 55% are over 45 years of age. It has been suggested that further work is required to look at trends. In a 2005 study conducted by MLA South East puts the figure of those who are over 45 at around 54%. This might suggest that the profile of the profession is generally older and tends to attract those who come to the profession as a second or third career.

There is low ethnic diversity within the workforce – It was found that 96.7% of the workforce identify as ‘white’ compared to 87.5% identifying as ‘white’ in UK Labour Force Survey statistics

ARA and CILIP have already begun to consider how to address the issue arising from the survey. The key findings highlight the lack of ethnic diversity and gender equality in the profession and that is something that we all have a responsibility to address across in all our organisations.

CILIP has produced both Regional and Sector factsheets which can be accessed at . There is a factsheet specifically on the Health and Social Care sector. It details how the sector is split by domain and region and gender. The factsheet lists academic and professional qualifications as well as earnings. All the sector factsheets are readily available so you can compare Health and Social Care with other parts of the profession. An online data platform is being scoped with the aim to launch it later this year to allow CILIP and ARA members to query the data for information and benchmarking.

Jo Cornish MCLIP (Revalidated 2016)
Development Officer (Employers)
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals