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#ukmedlibs Development Needs Analysis chat

For their November chat, #ukmedlibs, the Twitter-based professional development network, ran a chat on the Knowledge for Healthcare Development Needs Analysis published in July 2017.

The chat transcript and analytics are now available, if you couldn’t take part, and the report itself [MSWord] is also online.

One question that came up in the chat was why the exercise is now called the Development Needs Analysis (DNA), rather than the Training Needs Analysis (TNA). We felt that the broader term better represented the range of ongoing professional development activity.

DNA – it’s in your system?

Actually not that kind of DNA at all – but we wanted to get your attention.

Our DNA is the Development Needs Analysis.  Cast your mind back to Christmas last year when we asked all health library staff to complete a survey of development needs to help us plan for the flexible, well-trained workforce we need for the future.  758 of you completed the survey.  The best response rate we have ever had. Thank you!

The project group leading the DNA has now completed their analysis of your responses and comments and produced their final report. The report has been through the Knowledge for Healthcare Workforce Planning and Development Group and the LKS Leads Group – and has been signed off by both. Phew!

So here it is for you to read.

So what next?

Well, there is no point in asking for people to say what they want if we don’t do anything about it. The good news is that lots of the things you have asked for are already in hand:

The DNA data has been shared with LKS Leads and their teams to determine what learning opportunities need to be prioritised regionally. LKS Leads are also looking at how to take the DNA forward at a national level and will be publishing a response that looks at the top ten / top nineteen development needs. Watch this space!

Finally, thank you to the project group:

 

Abi Alayo

Michael Cook

Uma Devalapalli

Sarah Hennessy

Lisa McLaren

Katy Oak

 

David Stewart

Chair: Workforce Planning and Development Working Group

Inductions: death by Powerpoint or jumpstart into a new working life?

Staff induction: we’ve all been there…endless slide presentations, hours of information you’ll never remember (much less use), weak coffee in a Styrofoam cup and half a biscuit, if you’re lucky!  Does it really have to be this way?

Of course not!

Whether you are looking for inspiration to bring life into your own inductions for library users or struggling to work out what to include in your own library staff inductions then do have a look at two brand new sections on the Learning Zone.

Under Generic Skills – Marketing and Promotion we have a new section called Tips for Library Inductions which has been produced by the West Midlands Trainers Group and works as a “pick and mix” of ideas for more engaging library inductions for users.  Case studies, tips and checklists to ensure your users will never drop off to sleep again!

And over in Career Pathway and Vocational Skills we have created a new topic area called Inductions for LKS Staff which covers some of the basics to consider when putting together an induction programme for your shiny new library staff member.

And if you have an induction resource you would like to share, then please let us know by submitting it to the Learning Zone using our online feedback form or via Twitter @KfHLearningZone

Sian Aynsley: Learning Zone Chair
sianaynsley@nhs.net