Resources for Role Redesign

Below are a suite of resources to give a flavour of the knowledge and skills required for the wide-range of existing and emerging roles in health library and knowledge services.

Click on the role you are interested in to see an outline of key aspects and impact of the role; an indication of the level of knowledge and skills required for the role; a generic person specification; an interview with someone working in that role; details of communities of practice and individuals  you can contact to find out more about the role.

Clinical Librarian: Embedded Librarian/Knowledge and Evidence Specialist

Commissioning Knowledge Officer: Commissioning Support Knowledge Officer

Information Skills Trainer: Library Trainer

Knowledge Manager

Knowledge Officer: Knowledge Management Facilitator, KM Specialist, Knowledgeur

Library and Knowledge Services Manager

Outreach Librarian

Para-Professional: Senior Library Assistant/ Senior Library Technician/Library Supervisor

Patient Information Specialist Librarian

Public Health Evidence Specialist

Systems support specialist – regional/ library system administrator

Technology Enhanced Learning Co-ordinator


Supporting career development

The resources will assist individuals with their personal career development by understanding more about the knowledge and skills required for different roles.  In many cases individuals in these roles are working flexibly, combining aspects of various roles together or following portfolio careers.   You can find out more about freelance or portfolio careers in this resource compiled by the University of Oxford Careers Service.

Supporting managers

The resources will also support managers to develop a workforce with the correct skill-mix to implement Knowledge for Healthcare.  Information to support managers  with assessing staffing needs, writing job descriptions and recruitment tips are available within other areas of the Learning Zone.  Examples of a variety of recent job descriptions from NHS jobs is available here.

Acknowledgements and contributions

We would like to acknowledge <<link>>and thank the many individuals who have contributed to this piece of work including the Task and Finish Group – Lesley Allen, Alison Day, Nicola Forgham-Healey and Madeleine Still.

We welcome your contributions – please get in touch with Alison Day.