Professional Knowledge Skills Base for Health – a reminder

Professional Knowledge Skills Base (PKSB) for Health
Launched just over a year ago, the PKSB for Health outlines the broad range of knowledge and skills required by librarians and knowledge specialists working in health.  It’s a key tool to help you understand your professional development needs and to showcase your knowledge and skills to colleagues and managers. 

Who can access the PKSB for Health?
The PKSB for Health is available to all NHS Library Staff.  Download the full PKSB for Health. You will need to enter your password for the Library Services website.  CILIP members may access the PKSB for Health via the CILIP website.

Need a New Year’s resolution?
Why not put completing the PKSB for Health at the top of your New Year’s resolutions?  Let the PKSB provide the evidence your need to make choices about planning your professional development in 2018.

Further reading
PKSB for Health – Learning Zone

CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) for Health  –
LIHNN Clinical Librarians’ Blog

For ideas and resources on professional development see the Learning Zone

Health Education England collaborates with library and reading experts to improve patient choice

Health Education England (HEE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading organisations in the library and reading arena in a bid to promote greater and more personalised healthcare literacy across the population.

 

HEE will work with the Society of Chief Librarians and The Reading Agency to promote the importance of health literacy. The three organisations will work together to devise and launch programmes that allow people to access personalised information that allows them to make more informed choices about their care and treatment and improve the quality of their life.

 

The Society of Chief Librarians leads and manages public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and advocates continuous improvement in the library service. Its membership is made up of heads of service at each library authority.

 

The Reading Agency is a national charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with partners, their aim is to make reading accessible to everyone.

 

The provision of high quality, evidence-based, accessible health information is an important driver in HEE’s Knowledge for Healthcare Framework for NHS library and knowledge services, published in 2015. The framework was developed to enable NHS bodies, staff, learners, patients and the public to use the right knowledge and evidence at the right time and place to enable better clinical decision-making.

 

Patrick Mitchell, Director, South of England, Health Education England said:

“I am delighted to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Chief Librarians and The Reading Agency. It is a very positive step towards collaborating across sectors to underpin health literacy, ensuring people can access high quality information to assist them to make informed choices about their care and treatment.”

 

Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The Reading Agency, commented:

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to formalise this important new partnership with Health Education England. We look forward to using the MOU to activate an exciting programme of activity supporting our shared work with the Society of Chief Librarians on Reading Well and the Universal Health Offer as well as HEE’s ambitions for the delivery of Patient and Public Information.”

 

Neil MacInnes, President of The Society of Librarians, added:

“It’s wonderful news that SCL and The Reading Agency’s work with HEE has now been formally ratified. Our partnership will strengthen the delivery of Reading Well and the Universal Health Offer through public libraries – keeping people in our communities active and engaged as we continue to support their health and wellbeing.”

 

For further information contact louise.goswami@nhs.net or Ruth.Carlyle@hee.nhs.uk

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