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1,016.29 or 1,280 and counting…

Piqued your interest? These figures relate to the full-time equivalent posts (1,016.29) and head count (1,280) for library and knowledge service posts when fully staffed in England in 2017-18.

The data is taken from the annual statistical returns that are completed by Health
Education England funded library and knowledge services namely:

Health Education England Annual NHS Library Services Annual Statistical 2016-17 part 1
Health Education England Annual NHS Library Services Annual Statistical 2017-18 part 1

I have completed some interim analysis of the 2017-18 and 2016-17 collated and this post gives an overview of the findings.
Please go to the end of this post to download copies of the supporting documents.

National

The table below shows the changes from 2016-17 to 2017-18 so the total number of posts is fairly static. There are fewer para-professional posts (those banded NHS Agenda for Change 1 to 4) but even this 2.79% drop is not particularly significant.

NATIONAL
Posts: Full-time Equivalent
(FTE)
all LKS posts Professional posts
(bands 5 to 8)
Para-professional posts (bands 1 to 4)
2017-18 TOTALS 1,016.29 628.28 388.01
2016-17 TOTALS 1,028.37 629.21 399.16

The head count figures perhaps show the most telling trend. We have more individuals in professional posts (740 compared with 728); fewer in para-professional posts (540
compared with 553).

NATIONAL
Posts: Head Count
 
all LKS posts Professional posts
(bands 5 to 8)
Para-professional posts (bands 1 to 4)
2017-18 TOTALS 1,280 740 540
2016-17 TOTALS 1,281 728 553

Regional

Looking at the HEE regions, London and the South East have both lost posts but the North has had the largest reduction losing 8.54 full-time equivalent posts. Both Midlands and the East and the South have made small gains.

In the HEE regions only the North has seen a small increase in para-professional posts while the other three regions have all lost posts.

East Midlands and the North East both have slightly more para-professionals than
professionals in both full-time equivalents and posts. This bucks the trend in all the other HEE areas.

When we compare the proportion of the library and knowledge services staff in
professional and para-professional posts London and the South East outstrip the rest.
The figure is almost the same for 2016-17. Does it reflect the number of HEI provided
services in London?

2017-18 Professional posts (FTE) Para-professional posts
National 62% 38%
London and South East 71% 29%
Midlands and East 57% 43%
North 58% 42%
South 58% 42%

Qualifications

This is meant as a taster as I have only carried out some initial analysis of the qualifications of our staff.

For 2017-18 we have 57.55% of the workforce with an LKS professional qualification.
The North have the most qualified staff at 60% of the workforce; while London and the South East have the lowest at 55.73%.

NATIONAL
Posts: Full-time
Equivalent (FTE)
Professionally
qualified staff
Para-Professionally
qualified staff

 
No LKS
qualification
2017-18 TOTALS 544.89 120.62 298.95
2016-17 TOTALS 547.55 115.50 288.45

To remind you this is how we classify the three categories:

Professionally
qualified
Professionally qualified library staff (i.e. 1st degree in library information science (LIS), PG Diploma, Masters or PhD in LIS, MCLIP, FCLIP or ALA (former Library Association exams)
Para-professionally
qualified
Para-professionally qualified library staff (i.e. ACLIP, LIS NVQ, City and Guilds)
No LKS
qualification
No library qualification (include here NVQs in Customer Service, Business Administration etc.)

Further analysis and copies of the documents will be available at a later date.

I am sure I will find some other interesting nuggets when I do some more analysis. If you have any thoughts on how the differences can be explained I would be pleased to hear them.

Linda Ferguson

HEE Library & Knowledge Services Statistics Lead

For the Quality and Impact Group

linda.ferguson@nhs.net

Further information – copies of documents

Blank return: NHS_Library_Services_Annual_Statistical_Return_2017-18_part_1

National_LKS_Staffing_2016-17_and_2017-18

Staffing analysis by HEE region:

LaSE_LKS_Staffing_2016-17_and_2017-18

Midlands_&_East_LKS Staffing_2016-17_and_2017-18

North_LKS_Staffing_2016-17_and_2017-18

South_LKS_Staffing_2016-17_and_2017-18

 

Current Awareness/ Alerting Services Directory Launched

Today we are launching the Current Awareness/Alerting Services Directory which builds on the work of the Knowledge for Healthcare Current Awareness Services Task and Finish Group.

The Directory is designed as a finding tool with a built in way of sharing what you create for your current awareness and alerting services.  We have added some examples with one entry per organisation or person. We have also provided some best practice guidelines on creating current awarenes/alerting products.

In the Directory you can find:

  1. bulletins on a range of topics (but not new acquisitions bulletins)
  2.  CAS and alerting schemes
  3.  who has experience in using certain tools to create CAS and alerting bulletins or expertise in a topic (e.g. commissioning)

Most importantly you can share with pride both your knowledge and information on the bulletins that you create or schemes that you take part in.

We encourage you to explore the directory by going to the Current Awareness section on the menu.

We want you to help develop the directory so it becomes indispensable to us all.

Let us show what we are best at – collaboration (and maybe a little bit of borrowing and repurposing) and ensure that as many library and knowledge services as possible have an entry in the directory.

We are waiting to hear from you…

Kieran Lamb
Knowledge and Library Service Manager, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
kieran.lamb@stockport.nhs.uk

Linda Ferguson
Health Education England North
linda.ferguson@nhs.net

Evaluation Framework – measuring our success

The Evaluation Framework

How do we know that we are progressing towards achieving the delivery of the vision for Knowledge for Healthcare?

The aim for the Quality and Impact work-stream in delivering the vision is to enhance the quality and demonstrate value of library and knowledge services. Working with Sharon Markless, strategic development of an overarching Evaluation Framework for healthcare library and knowledge services has been produced.

The framework will enable the evaluation of library and knowledge service delivery providing data to demonstrate impact, assure quality of services, and enable service improvement.  The framework is based around six objectives defining the contribution Library and knowledge services can make to the achievement of Knowledge for Healthcare.  These have been chosen areas which are in the direct sphere of influence and action by library and knowledge services.

The Six Impact Objectives:

  • Organisations are more effective in mobilising evidence and internally generated knowledge
  • Patients, carers and the public are empowered to use information to make health and well-being choices
  • Improved consistency and increased productivity and efficiency of healthcare library and knowledge services
  • Enhanced quality of healthcare library and knowledge services
  • Partnership working is the norm in delivering knowledge to healthcare
  • Increased capability, confidence and capacity of library and knowledge services workforce

The framework will provide a clear purpose for the collection of evidence, activity and statistical collections.  The implementation of the framework will begin from July 2017 and there will be an opportunity for involvement in development and piloting of the supporting evaluation processes.

The framework and supporting documents have been published on the new blog section Evaluation Framework. There are also some Frequently Asked Questions 


Clare Edwards

clare.edwards@hee.nhs.uk 

Education Development Programme Lead, Health Education England

Chair Quality and Impact Working Group